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Drupal Admin UI

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This is an admin UI for Drupal, built with JavaScript and based on create-react-app.



  • PHP 5.5.9 or greater
  • PHP's pdo_sqlite extension installed. You can use php -m to check.
  • SQLite 3 CLI package
    • For Ubuntu users, sudo apt install sqlite3. You can use sqlite3 --version to check that the CLI is available.


composer create-project jsdrupal/drupal-admin-ui-demo -s dev --prefer-dist
cd drupal-admin-ui-demo
composer setup


composer start

Try visiting one of the converted pages, e.g. the user permissions or roles page.


  • Ensure you have Node 8 or greater and Yarn installed.
  • Make sure the webserver for Drupal is started with composer start
  • Run composer devify. You will now have a checkout of this repo in drupal-admin-ui. It will also symlink the bundled production app to docroot/vfancy, and the support module to docroot/modules/contrib.
  • Edit drupal-admin-ui/.env.local and add in the URL for your currently running Drupal installation that was output from the start command. e.g. for Starting webserver on, set REACT_APP_DRUPAL_BASE_URL=
  • Enter the repo with cd drupal-admin-ui and start the Webpack dev server with yarn workspace admin-ui start. This will open a new window at http://localhost:3000/

The webpack dev server has hot reloading, however you won't be able to seamlessly switch between Drupal and the React app. If you want to test out your changes in this context, enter the drupal-admin-ui directory and run yarn workspace admin-ui build. You can then visit the URL that composer start generated.


composer start

# New terminal window:
composer devify

# Add the URL generated from the start command:
vim drupal-admin-ui/.env.local
cd drupal-admin-ui
yarn workspace admin-ui start

React AXE

Due to outstanding performance issues, react-axe is behind a flag. To enable the assessment provided by react-axe, pass an environment variable when starting the application.

REACT_APP_AXE=true yarn workspace admin-ui start


See package.json for a full list

yarn workspace admin-ui <script> Description
start Serves your app at localhost:3000.
build Compiles the application for production into folder ./build.
test Runs all available tests.
storybook Starts Storybook UI dev environment

Development guidelines


We have functional testing with Nightwatch, and component/unit testing with Jest.

When deciding which system to use to add test coverage, the general rule is Nightwatch should be used to test the common path, and Jest can be used for more detailed test coverage. Nightwatch tests will run slower as they simulate clicking around in a real browser.

Contributing to This Repository

  • Fork this repo to your own user
  • Set your fork as origin, and this repo as upstream. From inside the drupal-admin-ui folder:
    git remote rm origin
    git remote add origin<your-username>/drupal-admin-ui.git
    git remote add upstream
  • Make your proposed changes on a branch and then push them to your fork
    git push origin <your-branch>
  • Make a pull request!
  • Switch back to master and pull in the latest changes
    git checkout master
    git pull upstream master
  • Our issue queue is public and you already have the required permissions to participate. However in order to perform administrative tasks, such as assigning issues or editing labels, make a request in #javascript in Drupal Slack to be added as a member of the Contributors Team

If someone has made a pull request and you would like to add code to their branch, there are a number of ways to move forward. It will be very helpful to get familiar with managing remotes in Git.

  • First, ping them in #javascript to discuss the addition/changes!

  • Once agreed, you can make a pull request to their fork/branch, which once accepted will appear in the pull request to the main jsdrupal/drupal-admin-ui repo

  • Alternatively, they could give you access to modify their branch directly at<username>/drupal-admin-ui/settings/collaboration (although bear in mind this will give access to their entire repository fork)

  • If you're unable to agree, or unable to get in touch with the author, you could create a new pull request that incorporates the work from their branch

    git remote add <their-username><their-username>/drupal-admin-ui.git
    git fetch <their-username>
    git checkout -b <branch-name> <their-username>/<branch-name>
    . work, commit things, etc
    git push <your-fork> <branch-name>