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Consul Democracy - Open Government and E-Participation Web Software

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Citizen Participation and Open Government Application

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This is the opensource code repository of the eParticipation website CONSUL DEMOCRACY, originally developed for the Madrid City government eParticipation website


Check the ongoing documentation at to learn more about how to start your own CONSUL DEMOCRACY fork, install it, customize it and learn to use it from an administrator/maintainer perspective.

CONSUL DEMOCRACY Project main website

You can access the main website of the project at where you can find documentation about the use of the platform, videos, and links to the community space.

Configuration for development and test environments

NOTE: For more detailed instructions check the docs

Prerequisites: install git, Ruby 2.7.7, CMake, pkg-config, shared-mime-info, Node.js and PostgreSQL (>=9.5).

git clone
cd consul
bundle install
cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml
cp config/secrets.yml.example config/secrets.yml
bin/rake db:create
bin/rake db:migrate
bin/rake db:dev_seed
RAILS_ENV=test rake db:setup

Run the app locally:

bin/rails s

Run the tests with:


You can use the default admin user from the seeds file:

user: [email protected]
pass: 12345678

But for some actions like voting, you will need a verified user, the seeds file also includes one:

user: [email protected]
pass: 12345678

Configuration for production environments

See installer

Current state

Development started on 2015 July 15th. Code was deployed to production on 2015 september 7th to Since then new features are added often. You can take a look at the current features at the project's website and future features at the Roadmap and open issues list.


Code published under AFFERO GPL v3 (see [LICENSE-AGPLv3.txt](LICENSE-AGPLv3.txt))


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