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Deprecated Please use generator-wp-make instead.

Create a WordPress theme with grunt-init.


If you haven't already done so, install grunt-init.

Once grunt-init is installed, place this template in your ~/.grunt-init/ directory. It's recommended that you use git to clone this template into that directory, as follows:

Linux/Mac Users

git clone ~/.grunt-init/wp-theme

Windows Users

git clone %USERPROFILE%/.grunt-init/wp-theme


At the command-line, cd into an empty directory, run this command and follow the prompts.

grunt-init wp-theme

Note that this template will generate files in the current directory, so be sure to change to a new directory first if you don't want to overwrite existing files.

Install the NPM modules required to actually process your newly-created project by running:

npm install


After running the init command above, you will be presented with a standard directory structure similar to:

.. /assets
.. .. /css
.. .. .. /src
.. .. .. /sass
.. .. .. /less
.. .. /js
.. .. .. /src
.. /images
.. .. /src
.. /includes
.. /languages
.. .. theme.pot
.. .gitignore
.. Gruntfile.js
.. footer.php
.. functions.php
.. header.php
.. humans.txt
.. index.php
.. screenshot.png
.. style.css

CSS vs Sass vs LESS

Depending on how you answer the prompt regarding the use of a preprocessor, you will either have a /src directory (CSS), a /sass directory (Sass), or a /less directory (LESS) under your normal /css directory. The goal here is that you only ever edit files in the related source directory and Grunt will automatically build and minify your final stylesheets directly in /css.

If you're using Sass or Less, the raw files will be processed into /css/filename.css and minified into /css/filename.min.css.

If you're using vanilla CSS, the source files will be minified into /css/filename.min.css.

Note: The style.css file in the root of the directory shouldn't contain any style definitions. It's used for populating information on WordPress' themes page only. Your theme's style information should go in the appropriate source directory for your preprocessor under /assets/css.


You should only ever be modifying script files in the /js/src directory. Grunt will automatically concatenate and minify your scripts into /js/filename.js and /js/filename.min.js. These generated files should never be modified directly.


The /img/src directory exists only to allow you to keep track of source files (like PSDs or separate images that have been merged into sprites). This helps keep source files under version control, and allows you to bundle them with the distribution of your new GPL plugin.

Release History

  • 2013-07-18 v0.1.3 Better grunt module inclusion (props @aaronjorbin)
  • 2013-05-31 v0.1.2 Fix a template renaming bug.
  • 2013-04-29 v0.1.1 Update directory structure and minified file names. Fix some naming mismatches.
  • 2013-04-26 v0.1.0 Initial public release


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