DOMjudge comes with a fully featured REST API. It is based on the CCS Contest API specification to which some DOMjudge-specific API endpoints have been added. Full documentation on the available API endpoints can be found at http(s)://

DOMjudge also offers an OpenAPI Specification ver. 2 compatible JSON file, which can be found at http(s)://

Bootstrapping from Git repository sources

The installation steps in this document assume that you are using a downloaded tarball from the DOMjudge website. If you want to install from Git repository sources, because you want to use the bleeding edge code or consider to send a patch to the developers, the configure/build system first has to be bootstrapped.

This requires the GNU autoconf/automake toolset to be installed, and various tools to build the documentation.

On Debian(-based) systems, the following apt command should install the packages that are required (additionally to the ones already listed under domserver, judgehost and submit client requirements):

sudo apt install autoconf automake bats \
  python-sphinx python-sphinx-rtd-theme rst2pdf fontconfig python3-yaml

On Debian 11 and above, install python3-sphinx python3-sphinx-rtd-theme rst2pdf fontconfig python3-yaml instead.

When this software is present, bootstrapping can be done by running make dist, which creates the configure script, downloads and installs the PHP dependencies via composer and generates documentation from RST/LaTeX sources.

Maintainer mode installation

DOMjudge provides a special maintainer mode installation. This method does an in-place installation within the source tree. This allows one to immediately see effects when modifying code.

This method requires some special steps which can most easily be run via makefile rules as follows:

make maintainer-conf [CONFIGURE_FLAGS=<extra options for ./configure>]
make maintainer-install

Note that these targets have to be executed separately and they replace the steps described in the chapters on installing the DOMserver or Judgehost.

While working on DOMjudge, it is useful to run the Symfony webapp in development mode to have access to the profiling and debugging interfaces and extended logging. To run in development mode, create the file webapp/.env.local and add to it the setting APP_ENV=dev. This is automatically done when running make maintainer-install when the file did not exist before. For more details see

The file webapp/.env.test (and webapp/.env.test.local if it exists) are loaded when you run the unit tests. You can thus place any test-specific settings in there.

Makefile structure

The Makefiles in the source tree use a recursion mechanism to run make targets within the relevant subdirectories. The recursion is handled by the REC_TARGETS and SUBDIRS variables and the recursion step is executed in Any target added to the REC_TARGETS list will be recursively called in all directories in SUBDIRS. Moreover, a local variant of the target with -l appended is called after recursing into the subdirectories, so recursion is depth-first.

The targets dist, clean, distclean, maintainer-clean are recursive by default, which means that these call their local -l variants in all directories containing a Makefile. This allows for true depth-first traversal, which is necessary to correctly run the *clean targets: otherwise e.g. will be deleted before subdirectory *clean targets are called that depend on information in it.

Running the test suite

The DOMjudge sources ship with a comprehensive test-suite that contains unit, integration and functional tests to make sure the system works.

These tests live in the webapp/tests directory.

To run them, follow the following steps:

  • Make sure you have a working DOMjudge installation.
  • Make sure your database contains only the sample data. This can be done by first dropping any existing database and then running bin/dj_setup_database -u root -r install.

Note that you don’t have to drop and recreate the database everytime you run the tests; the tests are written in such a way that they keep working, even if you run them multple times.

Now to run the tests, execute the command:

lib/vendor/bin/phpunit -c webapp/phpunit.xml.dist

This command can take an argument --filter to which you can pass a string which will be used to filter which tests to run. For example, to run only the jury print controller tests, run:

lib/vendor/bin/phpunit -c webapp/phpunit.xml.dist --filter \

Or to run only one test in that class, you can run:

lib/vendor/bin/phpunit -c webapp/phpunit.xml.dist --filter \

Note that most IDEs have support for running tests inside of them, so you don’t have to type these filters manually. If you use such an IDE, just make sure to specify the webapp/phpunit.xml.dist file as a PHPUnit configuration file and it should work.