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Emulsify on the Docksal stack

Brian Lewis edited this page May 18, 2018 · 2 revisions

NOTE: This is community contributed documentation provided by igorlakic

This is a short "How to" for using Emulsify Drupal theme with Docksal development environment.

How to:

  1. position yourself in the project root directory


  1. install Emulsify theme using Docksal's Composer (Composer instance installed and configured in Docksal image)

fin exec composer require fourkitchens/emulsify

NOTE!!! I recommend using the docksal/cli:2.0 or newer images (e.g. docksal/cli:2.0-php7.1). Docksal now exposes port 3000 for NodeJS apps by default so you can use Browsersync and similar node applications directly from Docksal containers. This means that it is no longer necessary to have node.js, nvm or/and yarn installed on your local OS.

  1. next, enable Emulsify and its dependencies. Drush 8.x users should use the following command but before that, position yourself in the web root directory ("web" or "docroot" in most cases) or use your drush aliases:


fin exec drush en emulsify components unified_twig_ext -y

Drush 9.x users should use the following commands:


fin exec drush en components unified_twig_ext -y

fin exec drush theme:enable emulsify

  • optionaly, create a custom clone of the Emulsify (you need to run the following command from within the Emulsify directory; replace YOUR THEME NAME with your theme name):

cd themes/contrib/emulsify php emulsify.php "YOUR THEME NAME"

(Run php emulsify.php -h for other available options)

  • I like to use this clone command with the following arguments (replace YOUR THEME NAME with your theme name):

fin exec php emulsify.php "YOUR THEME NAME" --machine-name your-theme-name --path custom --description "YOUR THEME NAME is a clone of Emulsify theme"

  1. next, run the following command from your theme directory if you're going to use your custom clone of the Emulsify theme (I always make a "custom" directory for custom themes, e.g. custom/YOUR_THEME):

cd ../.. (return to "themes" directory)

cd custom/[YOUR_THEME_NAME]

  • if you're planing to use Emulsify theme (which is not recommended!), just stay in the contrib/emulsify directory
  1. if you already don't have your Github auth token globally defined you should do this now with (replace "YOUR_TOKEN" with the token generated on your Github account):

fin exec composer config --global YOUR_TOKEN

  • this step is necessary, otherwise, you'll get this error after executing command in the following step: "Failed to clone the repository"
  1. then run fin exec npm install or fin exec yarn install command

  2. after a successful instalation you can start your Gulp tasks by runing fin exec npm start or fin exec yarn start

  • there are 2 access URLs and you'll use the second one (external URL)
  1. don't forget to set your theme as a default one; If you created a cloned theme, disable the original Emulsify theme fin exec drush pmu emulsify -y (works on Drush 8.x) or with fin exec drupal theme:uninstall emulsify then enable and set to default your new theme in Drupal (you can do that with the Drupal console command fin exec drupal theme:install [YOUR_THEME_NAME] --set-default or via the Drupal UI)