Running Locally

Running Hippo on your machine requires three steps:

  1. Install Spin
  2. Boot Bindle
  3. Boot hippo-server

Install Spin

Hippo deploys applications using Spin, a framework for building and running event-driven microservice applications with WebAssembly components.

Download the latest release of Spin. Extract the Spin binary and move it to a directory that is in your $PATH.

$ mv spin /usr/local/bin/

No further configuration is necessary.

Boot Bindle

Applications are bundled up as a bindle. Bindles are collected together in a bindle server that you can search. Hippo uses bindle under the hood for storing and organizing applications.

First, set up a local installation of Bindle. This is where Hippo will publish revisions of your application.

  1. Download the latest release of bindle. Extract the bindle and bindle-server binaries and move them to a directory on your $PATH.
$ mv bindle bindle-server /usr/local/bin/

To start the server, simply run

$ bindle-server --unauthenticated

If you would like to see the available options, use the --help command.

By default, bindle-server listens on port 8080. You can verify it is running by issuing a request to Bindle:

$ bindle --server http://localhost:8080/v1 search
=== Showing results 1 to 0 of 0 (limit: 50)

Boot hippo-server

Next, we will compile hippo-server from source.


Install the following to compile hippo-server from source:


hippo-server is written in C# using the ASP.NET framework. The Web UI uses Angular as the front-end web framework and Bulma as the design framework, which (along with some other packages) is managed via npm.

To build the project, run:

$ git clone
$ cd hippo/src/Web
$ dotnet build

Then run hippo-server, pointing at your local Bindle instance:

$ export BINDLE_URL=http://localhost:8080/v1
$ dotnet run

Once that’s done, proceed to Step 2: Deploy an Application