Installing Helix Plan Web on macOS

Perform the following tasks to install and configure Helix Plan Web on macOS.

1. If nginx is not installed, install it using the following:

brew update
brew install nginx

2. Download and install an LTS version of node.js, v18 or later.

3. Download Helix Plan Web and unzip it.

4. In HelixPlanAPI, rename config-example.env to .env.

5. Configure the server details in .env as required.

Note:  If you change the "port=4000" setting, you also need to update it in nginx.conf.

6. Rename to nginx.conf and make any necessary changes if required.

7. In .\certificates, replace the existing certificate example with your own.

This can either be a certificate acquired from a certificate authority or a self-signed certificate, generated locally with OpenSSL. The following is an example for generating a self-signed certificate with OpenSSL:

openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -days 365 -keyout .\certificates\web.key -out .\certificates\web.pem

Example certificates are provided, which you can use to get up and running. To use these, rename the example files to web.key and web.pem.

Note:  The example certificates are for testing purposes only, and do not create a secure connection.

8. Copy client files to the web root directory - for example: /usr/local/var/www/

cp -r client/dist/* /usr/local/var/www/
cp -r integrations/helix_core /usr/local/var/www/

9. Copy certificates folder into the nginx directory:

cp -r certificates /usr/local/etc/nginx/

10. To keep the /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf file back it up and copy the example file:

cp nginx-example.conf /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

11. Edit locations in nginx.conf:

include /usr/local/etc/nginx/mime.types;
ssl_certificate /usr/local/etc/nginx/certificates/web.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /usr/local/etc/nginx/certificates/web.key;
root  /usr/local/var/www/;
alias  /usr/local/var/www/helix_core/htmlwindows.template;

12. Start nginx as a service:

 brew services start nginx

13. Run ./ to start Helix Plan API.

14. Visit https://localhost

15. If you want to let users open the Hansoft desktop client from the web client, set the hostname for the Hansoft Server.