Starter template for the Backdrop CMS
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Tugboat Template for Backdrop

This is a configuration file for spinning up a new Backdrop site in Tugboat. It uses Drush to download the latest version of Backdrop and spin up a clean LAMP stack.

Tugboat is free to use. It comes in handy to automatically build out a fully working version of the site for every pull request, branch or tag. The full tutorial will soon be over here.


  1. Fork this repository and create a new project in Tugboat.

  2. You'll need to create a custom environment variable in Tugboat to set the admin password. Once your forked repository is created, navigate to the Repository Settings page in Tugboat and add the following environment variable:

    Tugboat Environment Variables for Backdrop

    • ADMIN_PWD="Choose a password for the initial user"

    Whenever Tugboat spins up a preview, these credentials will give you access to the Backdrop admin area.

That's it. For more information check out the Tugboat documentation to see what else you can do. If you have any questions, hit us up in Slack. May the wind always be at your back. --Matt