Phylocanvas leverages npm and its ecosystem for a streamlined development experience. Assuming Git, Node.js, and npm are installed, run the following to start.

git clone
npm install


npm start

Now navigate to http://localhost:8080/dev. The development sandbox is located in the /dev folder of the repository, where index.js is an example Phylocanvas application using the unbuilt source files. Changes are automatically updated as files are saved, so simply hack away.


To produce a newly bundled version of Phylocanvas, please run the following.

npm run build

A minified and an unminified bundle should be written to the /dist folder.

Pull Requests

Pull requests are very much welcome. We ask that you do not include bundles in PRs as we will bundle changes into the next release ourselves. Read more about contributing.