What’s Vulcan?

Vulcan is a framework that gives you a set of tools for quickly building React-based web applications. Out of the box, it can handle data loading, automatically generate forms, handle email notifications, and much more.

You can get a good overview of what Vulcan can do in the Features section.

Note: Vulcan is the new name of Telescope Nova. Learn more


Install the latest version of Node and NPM. We recommend the usage of NVM.

You can then install Meteor, which is used as the Vulcan build tool.

Clone the Vulcan repo locally, then:

npm install
npm start

And open http://localhost:3000/ in your browser.

Note that you can also start the app with:

# default setting file: sample_settings.json
meteor --settings sample_settings.json

# 'npm start' will create a copy of the sample settings, 'settings.json', and run `meteor` with this file for you.

Getting Started

You should start by reading the Architecture section to understand how Vulcan’s codebase is organized.

Then, when you first run Vulcan, you’ll see the contents of the movies-example package. It is recommended you go through the Movies example tutorial tutorial to get a better grasp of how Vulcan’s building blocks (data loading, forms, etc.) work.

You can then also take a look at the code for the movies-example-full package, which takes the same basic example but goes a little further.

At this stage, you can either continue using Vulcan’s basic building blocks, or enable the more advanced Features Packages built around the vulcan:posts package.

If you’d like to use and customize these packages, you can then follow the customization example tutorial tutorial, which will take you through the code of the included example-customization package and show you how to adapt Vulcan to your needs by tweaking styles, overriding components, and inserting your own logic in Vulcan’s back-end.


You can find the Vulcan roadmap on Trello.


We’re looking for contributors! If you’re interested in this project, come say hello in the Vulcan Slack chatroom.

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