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Docksal powered Drupal 8 Installation

This is a sample vanilla Drupal 8 installation pre-configured for use with Docksal.


Setup instructions

Step #1: Docksal environment setup

This is a one time setup - skip this if you already have a working Docksal environment.

Follow Docksal environment setup instructions

Step #2: Project setup

  1. Clone this repo into your Projects directory

    git clone drupal8
    cd drupal8
  2. Initialize the site

    This will initialize local settings and install the site via drush

    fin init
  3. Point your browser to


When the automated install is complete the command line output will display the admin username and password.

More automation with 'fin init'

Site provisioning can be automated using fin init, which calls the shell script in .docksal/commands/init.
This script is meant to be modified per project. The one in this repo will give you a good starting example.

Some common tasks that can be handled by the init script (an other custom commands):

  • initialize local settings files for Docker Compose, Drupal, Behat, etc.
  • import DB or perform a site install
  • compile Sass
  • run DB updates, revert features, clear caches, etc.
  • enable/disable modules, update variables values

Security notice

This repo is intended for quick start demos and includes a hardcoded value for hash_salt in settings.php.
If you are basing your project code base on this repo, make sure you regenerate and update the hash_salt value.
A new value can be generated with drush ev '$hash = Drupal\Component\Utility\Crypt::randomBytesBase64(55); print $hash . "\n";'


Drupal 8 boilerplate project powered by Docksal




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