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Version: v1.0.0

Setting Up Your First Study

In this tutorial we will use the example of a simple survey. You will learn:

  • How to set up your own copy of revisit.
  • How to write a simple reVISit spec with survey questions split into multiple pages.
  • How to register your study with reVISit so it shows up on your local web-server.
  • How to run the local webserver and access / preview your study.

It is easiest to best to use an IDE for developing reVISit studies. We suggest something like VSCode since it has JSON autocomplete, which will make it much easier to write a reVISit Spec.

Setting Up Repos and Files

After cloning your fork of the repository to your computer, you’ll see that the repository consists of many high level directories. For this tutorial, we will solely be working with the public directory. Start by making a new directory called basic-questionnaire-study in the public directory. Inside this folder, create another directory called assets. The assets directory will be where all of our various components are held.

Once that is done, we will make an intro markdown component. Create a file in the basic-questionnaire-study/assets folder with the following contents:

# Introduction

Welcome to our study. This is a basic questionnaire study. We will only ask you a few questions and then we will be done.

Next, let’s create a file in the same folder, so that particiapnts during the study are able to get help.

# Help

This is a questionnaire. For each question, be sure to provide and answer and then click **Next** when you’re ready to move onto the next question.

Writing a reVISit Spec

Now we are ready to create the configuration file for the study. This configuration defines how our study is laid out, provides some basic information about yourself (the creator), and describes which components will be added to the study.

Create a new file called config.json in basic-questionnaire-study. Then, copy and paste the following code into the new file.

"$schema": "",
"studyMetadata": {
"title": "Basic Questionnaire Study",
"version": "pilot",
"authors": [
"The reVISit Team"
"date": "2024-03-19",
"description": "A simple questionnaire study",
"organizations": [
"University of Utah",
"University of Toronto"
"uiConfig": {
"contactEmail": "",
"helpTextPath": "basic-questionnaire-study/assets/",
"logoPath": "revisitAssets/revisitLogoSquare.svg",
"withProgressBar": true,
"autoDownloadStudy": false,
"sidebar": true
"components": {
"introduction": {
"type": "markdown",
"path": "basic-questionnaire-study/assets/",
"response": []
"first-question-set": {
"type": "questionnaire",
"response": [
"id": "q1-name",
"prompt": "What is your first name?",
"required": true,
"location": "aboveStimulus",
"type": "longText",
"placeholder": "Please enter your first name"
"id": "q2-color",
"prompt": "What is your favorite color?",
"required": true,
"location": "aboveStimulus",
"type": "dropdown",
"placeholder": "Please choose your favorite color",
"options": [
"label": "Red",
"value": "red"
"label": "Blue",
"value": "blue"
"label": "My favorite color is not shown here.",
"value": "notShown"
"second-question-set": {
"type": "questionnaire",
"response": [
"id": "q3-satisfaction",
"prompt": "Rate your satisfaction with this survey from 1 (not enjoyable) to 5 (very enjoyable).",
"required": true,
"location": "aboveStimulus",
"type": "likert",
"leftLabel": "Not Enjoyable",
"rightLabel": "Very Enjoyable",
"preset": 5
"sequence": {
"order": "fixed",
"components": [

The above code uses a long text input, a drop-down input, and a likert scale input. The questions are split up into two “pages”, the first-question-set and the second-question-set. The sequence is a simple linear sequence showing intro, first question and then second question set.

Registering the Study

Now, our study is almost set up to view. The last step is to make sure that reVISit knows where to find your study. To do that, you will need to edit the global.json file in the public directory and add the following code to the configs object:

"basic-questionnaire-study": {
"path": "basic-questionnaire-study/config.json"

After this, add basic-questionnaire-study into the configsList list in the same file. Because the configs list is ordered, make sure to put basic-questionnaire-study at the top of the list so you can immediately see it. This is what this should look like:

"configsList": [

Running the Server

Now, if you start the server (using yarn serve as described in the Installation section), you'll be able to navigate to http://localhost:8080/ and view your study in the list of studies. Alternatively, you can navigate to http://localhost:8080/basic-questionnaire-study to view the study directly.

You should now see your study and be able to navigate quickly through it. However, your study is currently set up for development, so you won't be collecting any data yet. Go to the next getting started guide to learn how to enable data collection and download your data.