Updates from the development team: May 23rd, 2021

We publish regular development updates to let you know what we have been working on, as well as what's coming soon.


A quick overview of what the development team will be working on in the next few weeks.

Mobile applications for iOS and Android

We're looking for volunteers with experience with React Native, Flutter, or iOS/Android native development to join our mobile dev team. If you have experience with these tools, please sign up to contributor and help us make the right decision going forward! We will build prototypes for both then evaluate how they fit our architecture and development practices.

This process will take some time, but you can expect to hear more about these apps later this year.

Invite feature and new signup flow

We will be redesigning the signup flow and creating an invite system to allow you to invite your friends and see how many people joined from your invitations.

Community features

We are working on events, forums, and pages for local communities. These features will significantly expand the ways in which users can interact with each other. These are highly integrated tools and so we will release them at the same time. Development on these community features started in March and we are aiming to release them by the end of June.

If you are interested in becoming a community leader, it's not too late to reach out to us by filling in the contributor form. If you are already heavily involved in a local travel community, please also reach out.

Latest features and bugfixes

Here's a summary of a few of the bigger features or bugs we worked on over the past two weeks:

  • Added basic search filters for the map [#1154]
  • Fixed the map on iOS [#1220]
  • Fixed a bug where images were not rotated correctly when uploading [#1252]
  • Added a banner to encourage users to fill in their profile and set a password [#1277]
  • Fixed scroll after a user edits their profile [#1111]
  • Added a beta sticker! [#1176]


In the past two weeks, 10 developers collaborated on building Couchers.org through over 7 thousand lines of code changed that touched over 141 files. A warm welcome to our new contributor who joined our development team and contributed to the codebase.

None of this would be possible without our 100+ volunteers working in all areas of the project. The development teams would like to thank the rest of the core contributors for making our work possible.

Written by Aapeli. Published on 2021/05/23.

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