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# Bit ![](
Bit is a simple, web-based, self-hostable text sharing platform written in Java and Spring.
You can access it [from here](
The frontend is also open-source, and it's available [on this page](
## General
**Bit** can be used both from the [frontend]( and through the REST API.
Before using it, read the following technical notices:
1. By default, each new _"text"_(from now on: **post**) added to the platform
is anonymous and expires after one week. In order to associate a new post to an identity,
you first need to register a new user account. The registration process requires a unique **username**,
a unique **email address** and a **password**. User accounts can **NOT** be modified or recovered;
therefore if you lose your password, you will need to create a new account using a new email address.
2. Each user account is associated with a _user role_ that determines the granular access
to the _special_ endpoints. The _user role_ is set by default to **unprivileged** at registration
time and can be altered only by manually modifying the database.
3. Special endpoints are only accessible to the **privileged** user class.
4. Posts published with a valid user identity can be altered or deleted. In order to do that, you
need to authenticate yourself with your credentials within the update/delete request. Anonymous
posts, on the other hand, can **NOT** be altered or removed; if you think that a certain content
goes against the terms of service, you can email the owner of the **bit** instance.
5. The expiration date controls whether the post can be showed or not, once the current date
is greater or equal than the expiration date, the post is classified as **expired** and thus
shall not be showed. Expired posts are **NOT** deleted but may be manually removed by the
instance owner.
6. The **bit** platform is _stateless_, hence there is no such thing as user session. Every time
you need to use your user account for a certain operation(e.g., create a new post with an identity
or delete an existing, non-anonymous post) you will need to provide your user credentials.
7. Deleting an existing user, will result in a [cascade delete](
of any existing post associated with that user.
8. User signup can be disabled by setting the environment variable `BIT_DISABLE_SIGNUP` to `1`.
By default, user registration is enabled(see `docker-compose.yml`).
## Database
New posts are stored on a relational database(PostgreSQL) using the Spring ORM system(Hibernate).
The architecture of the bit platform consists of two tables: **bt_users** and **bt_posts**.
The former stores the user accounts, and it's defined as follows:
| Column | Data Type | Nullable |
| user ID | `String` | `false` |
| created at | `YYYY-MM-DD Date` | `false` |
| email | `String` | `false` |
| password | `BCrypt` | `false` |
| role | `UserRole` | `false` |
| username | `String` | `false` |
The latter, instead, stores the posts, and it's defined as follows:
| Column | Data Type | Nullable |
| post ID | `String` | `false` |
| content | `String` | `false` |
| created at | `YYYY-MM-DD date` | `false` |
| expiration date | `YYYY-MM-DD date` | `true` |
| title | `String` | `false` |
| user ID | `Foreign key constrain` | `true` |
The user password is stored using a `BCrypt` based hash. Each post can be associated with one
user(eventually zero) while each user can be associate with multiple posts(eventually zero).
The relationship is of the type _"one to many"_ from the user's perspective.
## Deploy
In order to deploy the **bit** platform, you will need to install Docker/Podman and docker-compose.
Once done that, you can easily launch the backend using the following command:
$> docker-compose up -d
By default, the following parameters are used:
- `SERVER_PORT`: "3000";
- `POSTGRES_USER`: "bituser";
- `POSTGRES_PASSWORD`: "qwerty1234";
- `POSTGRES_DB`: "bit";
Be sure to update these values by editing the`docker-compose.yml` file. Once the containers
are deployed, you can expose the application through a reverse proxy:
location /api {
proxy_set_header Host $host;
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
## Endpoints
The backend exposes the following REST APIs:
### `POST` New User(`/api/users/new`):
_Description_: Add new user.
_Parameters_: **username**(`string`), **email**(`string`) **password**(`string`).
### `DELETE` Delete User(`/api/users/delete`):
_Description_: Delete an existing user.
_Parameters_: **email**(`string`) **password**(`string`).
### `GET` User List(`/api/users`):
**(special endpoint)**
_Description_: Retrieve all users.
_Parameters_: **email**(`string`), **password**(`string`).
### `GET` Post List(`/api/posts`):
**(special endpoint)**
_Description_: Retrieve all posts.
_Parameters_: **email**(`string`), **password**(`string`).
### `GET` Post By ID(`/api/posts/{postID}`):
_Description_: Search a post by its ID.
_Parameters_: none.
### `GET` Post Content By ID(`/api/posts/raw/{postId}`):
_Description_: Retrieve post content by its ID.
_Parameters_: none.
### `GET` Post By Title(`/api/posts/bytitle`):
**(special endpoint)**
_Description_: Search a post by its title.
_Parameters_: **title**(`string`), **user**(`User`).
### `POST` New Post(`/api/posts/new`):
_Description_: Add a new post.
_Parameters_: **title**(`string`), **content**(`string`), **expirationDate**(`YYYY-MM-DD`),
### `PUT` Edit Post(`/api/posts/{postID}`):
_Description_: Update an existing, non-anonymous post.
_Parameters_: **title**(`string`), **content**(`string`), **user**(`User`).
### `DELETE` Delete Post(`/api/posts/{postID}`):
_Description_: Delete an existing, non-anonymous post.
_Parameters_: **user**(`User`).
## Examples
Below there are some practical examples on how to use the REST API:
1. **Add a non-anonymous**(_note: the user must exist_)
`POST` request to `/api/posts/new` with the following body:
"title": "Hello World",
"content": "This is a example text snippet",
"expirationDate": null,
"user": {
"email": "",
"password": "very_bad_pw"
2. **Add an anonymous post with expiration date set to January 25, 2024**
`POST` request to `/api/posts/new` with the following body:
"title": "Hello World",
"content": "This is a example text snippet",
"expirationDate": "2024-01-25"
3. **Delete post "`afj45c`"**
`DELETE` request to `/api/posts/afj45c` with the following body:
"email": "",
"password": "very_bad_pw"
4. **Get list of all post whose title is "`foo`"**
`GET` request to `/api/posts/bytitle` with the following body:
"title": "foo",
"user": {
"email": "",
"password": "very_bad_pw"
In this case user `` is a user of the class `PRIVILEGED`.
5. **Get content of post "`af4598c`"**
`GET` request to `/api/posts/raw/af4598c` with empty body.
## Unit tests
The **bit** platform provides some unit tests for the _post_ and the _user_ controllers. You can
find them in `src/test`. The unit tests are automatically executed during the container bootstrap
process, to manually run them issue the following command:
$> ./mvnw test
## License
This software is released under the GPLv3 license. You can find a copy of the license with this
repository or by visiting the [following page](