farmOS Field Kit¶
farmOS Field Kit is a way to connect to your farmOS server from your mobile device. Because much of the work of an active farm can occur outside of wifi or cellular range, Field Kit is designed to be an offline-first app. You can create and modify farm logs wherever you're at, whenever you need to; then, when you are back within signal range, you can synchronize all your logs with your farmOS server.
Field Kit provides a simplified view of the farm's records, working much like a to-do app. Logs of upcoming farm activities that have been assigned to you will be synced to your device. As you complete each activity, you can update the log with real-time data and photos, mark it as done, then sync it back to the server. You can also create new logs, such as observations or other log types, all on the fly.
An early version of Field Kit is available as a web app, which can be found at v1.farmos.app and can be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA). As a PWA, the app will work offline and your logs will be stored in between uses. You can even add the app to your device's home screen, so it can be launched just like a native app.
Version 1 is a proof-of-concept, which should be considered relatively stable, but which will no longer receive major feature updates beyond a few bug fixes. In conjunction with farmOS 2.0, we are in active development of Field Kit 2.0, which will bring with it new features and its own module system, akin to farmOS modules. Stay tuned for more!
Previously, and perhaps again in the future, Field Kit was available as native apps for Android and iOS. The Android app can still be installed from the Play Store, but is currently not receiving regular updates. The iOS app was previously available on Test Flight, but at the time of writing this (Apr 2021) all builds have expired and are no longer available for download; previous installs will not be updated for the foreseeable future. We encourage all users to migrate to the PWA, which shares the same features as the native apps. For more details on this decision, see the related forum post.
All versions of Field Kit require that your farmOS server have an SSL certificate,
which enables network traffic to be served via
https rather than
make sure that clean URL's are enabled. Finally, you should keep your server
updated with the most recent version of farmOS to ensure compatibility with the
the latest version of Field Kit.
For technical information on the project, please see the Development section.
The source code can be viewed on GitHub