Get Hacking on MetaCPAN in Just Minutes

One of the fun things about MetaCPAN is that we've split the project into two main parts: an API and a front end. What this means is that if you want to start pushing your code into, you don't need to run a local copy of the API. You can just git clone the front end, install your dependencies and be on your way.

Install cpanminus if you don't already have it. Then:

git clone git://
cd metacpan-web
cpanm Dist::Zilla
dzil listdeps | cpanm
twiggy lib/MetaCPAN/ -p 5001 -R lib -R templates -E development

That's it! Now point your web browser at http://localhost:5001 and you're in business. If you want to start pushing your commits into the project, you'll naturally want to fork the project as well, but there's no reason you have to fork it in order to test drive it.

So, if you have 10 or 15 free minutes today, download the code and run your own local copy. Test it out, bend it to your will and let us know what you think.

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user-pic I hack on MetaCPAN, CPAN modules and other fun stuff.