Post Installation Steps

Once you have completed the getting started instructions, you should complete the following steps to setup and customise your instance of MemberMatters.

Important Notice

Currently, a valid Postmark API key is required for MemberMatters to function correctly. Emails are sent on various tasks like sign ups, MemberBucks actions etc. You will receive errors if you try to use these functions without a correctly configured Postmark API key. They have a free trial (100 emails/mth) which should be more than enough for testing, however we recommend upgrading to a paid tier before use in production.

Set up a reverse proxy

MemberMatters is designed to run behind some form of reverse proxy, or at the minimum, an SSL terminating CDN like Cloudflare (not recommended). You should not ever run MemberMatters in production without some form of HTTPS. The recommended way is with an nginx reverse proxy as explained below. Unfortunately, reverse proxy configurations are highly dependant on your specific environment, so only general guidance can be given. Please consult your favourite search engine if you have any trouble and only open a GitHub issue if you think you’ve found a bug or way to improve this documentation.

Setting up an nginx reverse proxy on Ubuntu

  1. You should first install nginx. On Ubuntu, you can install nginx with sudo apt install nginx.

  2. Configure your nginx instance to proxy traffic through to the MemberMatters docker container on port 8000.

  3. A sample configuration file is included below, but you should configure this to your needs. You should create this file at /etc/nginx/sites-available/, where is the name of our domain.

server {

	location / {
		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;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host  $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Port  $server_port;
		proxy_redirect off;
		proxy_pass http://localhost:8000;
	listen 80 default_server;
  listen [::]:80 default_server;
  1. Enable your new configuration file by running this command sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/.

  2. Check the configuration that you added is valid by running this command, there should be no errors: sudo nginx -t.

  3. Restart nginx to apply your new changes with sudo systemctl restart nginx.

  4. Note that this process does not include a configuration for HTTPS. We recommend that you use the Let’s Encrypt Certbot tool as it will automatically modify your configuration to enable HTTPS and manage certificates for you. Click here and follow the instructions to install certbot on your system. Once installed, run certbot as per that link and follow the prompts to enable HTTPS for your system.

  5. Check that you can access your instance of MemberMatters via HTTPS at the URL that you configured.


The primary way to customise MemberMatters is via the database settings. Once your instance is up and running, navigate to https://<instance_url>/admin and login with an admin account. Then click on “Config” under “Constance”. On this page you’ll see a variety of settings. You should customise these settings with your own details.

A summary of the settings is available below. Most settings have a more detailed description and an example of the format required on the settings page itself.

NOTE: You must configure the POSTMARK_API_KEY setting or else you will have problems processing new signups.


  • “SITE_NAME” - Name of the website.

  • “SITE_OWNER” - Name of the organisation running this website.

  • “ENTITY_TYPE” - [Deprecated]

  • “GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_PROPERTY_ID” - Enter your Google Analytics Tracking ID to enable Google Analytics Tracking.

  • “API_SECRET_KEY” - Secret key used to authenticate some requests from third party access control devices.

  • “DEFAULT_MEMBER_TYPE” - The ID of the default member type to use when signing up.


  • “INDUCTION_ENROL_LINK” - URL to enrol in the Canvas LMS induction course.

  • “INDUCTION_COURSE_ID” - ID of the Canvas LMS induction course (usually found in the course URL on the settings page).

  • “MAX_INDUCTION_DAYS” - Maximum number of days since they were inducted before they require another induction.

  • “MIN_INDUCTION_SCORE” - The minimum score considered a “pass” for the induction course.

  • “REQUIRE_ACCESS_CARD” - Require the member to submit their RFID access card number during signup.

Canvas Integration

  • “CANVAS_API_TOKEN” - the API token for the Canvas LMS integration.

Postmark Integration

  • “POSTMARK_API_KEY” - the API token for the Postmark integration. NOTE: required to process signups and emails.

Contact Information

  • “EMAIL_SYSADMIN” - email address used for sysadmin related notifications.

  • “EMAIL_ADMIN” - email address used for general notifcations.

  • “EMAIL_DEFAULT_FROM” - default “from” address that emails from MM will be sent as. NOTE: must be authenticated / approved in Postmark to use.

  • “SITE_MAIL_ADDRESS” - the physical address of the organisation for inclusion in the email footer to comply with anti spam requirements.

Discourse SSO Protocol

  • “ENABLE_DISCOURSE_SSO_PROTOCOL” - enable the SSO Discoure protocol.

  • “DISCOURSE_SSO_PROTOCOL_SECRET_KEY” - secret key for the SSO Discourse protocol.


  • “SITE_URL” - publicly accessible URL this instance of MM is available on.

  • “MAIN_SITE_URL” - the main website of the organisation.

  • “INDUCTION_URL” - used in the email sent to new members so they can signup for inductions.


  • “MEMBERBUCKS_MAX_TOPUP” - a hard limit on the maxmimum amount a member can add in one go to their MemberBucks account.

  • “MEMBERBUCKS_CURRENCY” - the currency to use when processing MemberBucks top ups.


  • “SITE_LOGO” - a link to a logo for use around the site.

  • “SITE_FAVICON” - a link to a square favicon style logo for use around the site.

  • “STATS_CARD_IMAGE” - a link to an image used as the background on the dashboard’s statistics card.

Group Localisation

  • “MEMBERBUCKS_NAME” - [Deprecated]

  • “GROUP_NAME” - [Deprecated]

  • “ADMIN_NAME” - [Deprecated]

  • “WEBCAM_PAGE_URLS” - a JSON array of URLs to be used as the source for each webcam on the webcams page.

  • “HOME_PAGE_CARDS” - a JSON array of cards to be used on the hompeage (see below for more info).

  • “WELCOME_EMAIL_CARDS” - a JSON array of cards to be used in the welcome email (see below for more info).

“Stripe Integration”

  • “STRIPE_PUBLISHABLE_KEY” - the publishable Stripe key.

  • “STRIPE_SECRET_KEY” - the secret Stripe key.

  • “STRIPE_WEBHOOK_SECRET” - the webhook secret to authenticate webhook requests are really from Stripe.

  • “ENABLE_STRIPE_MEMBERSHIP_PAYMENTS” - enable the “Membership Tiers” menu page on the front end so members can sign up with the Stripe billing integration. NOTE: make sure you configure these first from the “Admin Tools” > “Membership Tiers” page.

  • “STRIPE_MEMBERBUCKS_TOPUP_OPTIONS” - the options a member can see when on the MemberBucks top up page (in cents).

Trello Integration


  • “TRELLO_API_KEY” - [Deprecated]

  • “TRELLO_API_TOKEN” - [Deprecated]

  • “TRELLO_ID_LIST” - [Deprecated]

Space Directory

  • “ENABLE_SPACE_DIRECTORY” - enable a space directory compliant API. The various configuration options in this section should be self explannatory.

Theme Swipe Integration

  • “THEME_SWIPE_URL” - a URL to hit on each door/interlock swipe that can trigger a theme song played over your intercom system, or something else.

  • “ENABLE_THEME_SWIPE” - enable the theme song swipe webhook.

Discord Integration

  • “ENABLE_DISCORD_INTEGRATION” - enable the post to Discord channel feature when an interlock or door swipe is recorded.

  • “DISCORD_DOOR_WEBHOOK” - URL for the door webhook.

  • “DISCORD_INTERLOCK_WEBHOOK” - URL for the interlock webhook.

Home Page and Welcome Email Cards

The settings called “HOME_PAGE_CARDS” and “WELCOME_EMAIL_CARDS” control the content that is displayed on the MemberMatters home page, and the content in the welcome email each user receives when they are converted to a member. These options are configured with a JSON object specifying the content. You can add as many cards as you want, but we recommend 6 as a maximum for the homepage, and 4 for the email. You can find the icon names on this page. Absolute and relative URLs are supported.

An example with 3 cards is below:

    "title": "Brisbane Makerspace Wiki",
    "description": "Our wiki is like the rule book for BMS. It contains all the information about our tools, processes and other helpful tips.",
    "icon": "class",
    "url": "",
    "btn_text": "Read Wiki"
    "title": "Report Issue",
    "description": "Found something broken? You can submit an issue report.",
    "icon": "bug_report",
    "url": "/issue/report/",
    "btn_text": "Report Issue"