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Bookish is an install profile for Drupal 9+ that tries to make the out of the box experience for Tome users as nice as possible.

In terms of functionality, Bookish is similar to the Standard profile. Most of the work in this profile has been to make the editing experience and frontend as modern-feeling as possible.

Some feature highlights are:

  • Ability to filter and crop images on upload, in CKEditor or a field
  • Blur-up functionality for images, similar to GatsbyJS
  • A theme with dark mode support, built using Single File Components
  • Already configured Metatag, Pathauto, Lunr, and Simple XML sitemap integrations
  • Ability to embed code snippets in CKEditor that are styled in the frontend
  • A simplified toolbar that just lists the default shortcuts

Install (with Tome)

The best way to use Bookish is with the Tome Composer project.

The requirements for using Tome locally are:

  • PHP 7+
  • Composer
  • Drush
  • SQLite 3.26+ and the related PHP extensions

Alternatively you can run the commands below using the mortenson/tome Docker image. See the Docker script documentation for reference.

The Drush Launcher, which allows typing simply drush, is not required to use Tome. If not available, use vendor/bin/drush instead.

To install Tome and Bookish, run these commands:

composer create-project drupal-tome/tome-project my_site --stability dev --no-interaction
cd my_site
composer require drupal-tome/bookish
drush tome:init # Select Bookish in the prompt

You can now commit your initial codebase, content, config, and files to Git.

To start a local webserver, run:

drush runserver

then in another tab run:

drush uli -l

and click the link to start editing.

To re-install your site, run:

drush tome:install

For information on deploying your site, you can visit /admin/help/topic/bookish_help.tome on your local site, or read the docs at

Install (without Tome)

If you don't want to use Tome, you can run this from any Drupal 9+ install:

composer require drupal-tome/bookish
drush si bookish -y
drush pmu tome -y

Further help

After logging in, click "Help" in the toolbar. This module has extensive documentation located inside Drupal using the Help Topics module. A good place to start would be the "Configuring your Bookish site" page, which will guide you through personalizing the configuration of your site.

Speeding up your site with AJAX navigation (experimental)

To emulate the behavior of JavaScript routers which refresh the main content of the page instead of navigating to a new page when links are clicked, you can enable the Bookish Speed module. Note that your JavaScript will have to run in behaviors, and will have to use once(). Inline scripts and styles are not supported.

Exporting content as YAML (experimental)

If you would prefer exporting content as .yml files, you can try using the experimental "yaml" encoder for Tome by adding this line to settings.php:

$settings['tome_sync_encoder'] = 'yaml';

Then enable the bookish_yaml module, which reformats rich text content to make sure it's easily editable as a multi-line YAML string.

Then, run "drush tome:export" to re-export your content as .yml files, and remove old .json files after running "drush tome:install" and confirming things still work.

This feature is experimental, but may be the default for Tome installs in the future, so thank you in advance for testing it out!