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Tugboat is a service that allows for the deployment of preview websites, generally for testing and quality assurance during development. This module provides integration with Tugboat to allow creating on-the-fly sites with the push of a button.

This module was originally built as a custom module for where it is still used to allow people to demo a Backdrop site quickly and easily. This version has been re-written to use Tugboat's new API and to be more generic (removing some of the Backdrop-specific wording, etc.)

To use this module, you'll need a account and a Git repository that will be used to create the preview sites. See the Tugboat documentation for more details.


  • Install this module using the official Backdrop CMS instructions at

  • Visit the configuration page under Administration > Configuration > Web Services > Tugboat (admin/config/services/tugboat) and enter the required information.

  • Test your setup at the 'Create' page URL you provided (e.g. /tugboat).

  • Optionally override the module's template files in your theme to customise the 'Create' and 'Ready' page designs/wording.


Bugs and Feature requests should be reported in the Issue Queue:

Current Maintainers


  • Originally written for by Nate Lampton.
  • Moved to its own contrib repo using instructions by Greg Bayer.


This project is GPL v2 software. See the LICENSE.txt file in this directory for complete text.

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