How to install fastn on your local machine
May 03, 2023
After gaining experience in website development, it's time to broaden your skills and learn how to develop, build, and deploy your fastn apps to showcase your work to the world. Let's explore the installation process.
What if a non-programmer wants to build their portfolio or any website? It would take a lot of time to learn these languages while building the overall project or any websites. In this blog, we will delve into the installation process of fastn in various ways based on different machines and explore the functionalities of both fastn and ftd.
However, fastn provides a solution by offering a programming language called ftd that is designed with minimal syntax and is user-friendly that everyone can understand at first glance. It does not even look like a programming language and even non-programmers can quickly grasp its minimal syntax, which resembles markdown syntax and makes it highly human-readable and accessible.
fastn is a web framework, a content management system, and even serves as an integrated development environment for
ftd. It is a web server that compiles
ftd to HTML, CSS, and JS. It allows you to deploy fastn applications on any static hosting provider, such as GitHub Pages, Vercel, fastn Cloud, or your own server.
It also provides a lot of ready-made UI components that help to develop your websites faster in no time, and you can even create your custom components. fastn is used to work with ftd files, and it ships pre-built binaries for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
To kickstart your journey with fastn, I recommend checking out the short video course available at fastn.com/expander. This course provides a quick introduction to the basics of fastn and will help you get up to speed in no time.
To benefit the most from this article, the following pre-requisites are required:
- GitHub account
- Install Git on your machine and set up Git
- The latest cargo version is installed on your system.
📌Installation of fastn
Based on the machines, there are three ways to install fastn:
- Install fastn through the pre-built binary on Windows (Recommended)
- Install fastn through the pre-built binary on MacOS/Linux (Recommended)
- Install fastn using cargo
- Install fastn from source
💡 Recommendation We recommend you install `fastn` through `pre-built binary`. This is the preferred method as it only requires downloading the binary and installing it on your local system.
👉Install fastn through the pre-built binary on Windows
fastn through the pre-built binary, follow these steps:
- Download the executable from the Releases page
- Click on the latest release
- Get the executable file for Windows on the releases page under Assets
- Create a folder named
FASTNin your C drive
- Go to Settings and search for Environmental Variable
- Check for Path and double-click on it in the user variables
- Click on the New button and set a path for FASTN in your machine's Environment Variable
- The recommended path would be
C:\FASTN, then apply settings.
Installation of fastn is completed. To verify, open the command prompt and execute the command
If you face any difficulty while installing fastn, check out the youtube video.
👉Install fastn through the pre-built binary on MacOS/Linux
For MacOS, we have an installer script, you just need to copy and paste the given below script into the terminal
sudo bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/fastn-stack/fastn/main/install.sh)"
Installation of fastn is completed. To verify, open the terminal and execute the command
If you face any difficulty while installing fastn, check out the youtube video
👉Install fastn using cargo
If you have
cargo installed on your system, you can run the following command to install fastn.
For more details on how to install cargo are given here.
cargo install fastn
👉Install fastn from source
fastn is an open-source project. You can clone the fastn github repository:
git clone https://github.com/fastn-stack/fastn.git
fastn is implemented using Rust, using the 2021 edition, so the minimum supported Rust version (MSRV) is 1.65.0.
cd fastn cargo test cargo build
When building from source you will have to install SSL and SQLite dev packages:
Once you have installed the
fastn you can start using
sudo apt-get install libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev
fastn is a powerful web framework that helps developers and non-developers create interactive user interfaces, full-stack web applications, and content-centric websites. Its ftd programming language has minimal syntax and is user-friendly. fastn comes with many ready-made UI components, and developers can create custom components too. It's a great tool for showcasing work to the world.
Overall, the article provides a comprehensive guide to installing fastn on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. The guide recommends using the pre-built binary method for installation. It also covers how to install fastn using cargo or from source code.
📌Over to you
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