The Platform Console (or “Console”) provides a centralized location for tools that make it easier for Platform and Veteran Facing Services (VFS) teams to build and iterate on VA.gov. It is a companion site to the VA Platform Documentation website, which provides a centralized location for documentation to build on VA.gov.

Screenshot of the VA Platform Console, a centralized location for tools

VA Platform Console

Screenshot of the VA Platform Documentation site, a centralized location for documentation to build on VA.gov

VA Platform Documentation site

The Console is built on Backstage.io. The Console ties together GitHub users, teams, software projects, and development tools in a Catalog. This Catalog enables teams to easily:

  • See dependencies and ownership

  • Document external dependencies

  • Find API and other technical documentation

  • See the status of deployment workflows

  • View feature toggles

  • See their team’s recent pull requests

  • View monitoring data

  • … and much more! Platform teams will continue building new Console features.

Learn more about the Console Catalog.

Get Access the Console

The Console requires a Login.gov account, an email address on the allowlist, and a SOCKS proxy or Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) connection. Visit Login Instructions for more information.

Register Your Team’s Projects in the Catalog

Every team’s projects, dependencies, and documentation can be added to the Catalog using a catalog-info.yaml file that links their Catalog entry to their GitHub assets and metadata. Visit Creating and Updating Catalog Entity Pages to learn how.