Last updated 19 April 2017.

Introduction

Use these instructions to set up a Drupal 8 environment on your own computer, so that you can begin to test and contribute back to the community. This method is primarily designed to reduce the reliance on an external network when used at large events, but also works fine when you are at home by yourself.

Report any issues you have or suggested improvements to documentation at:
https://drupal.org/node/2272145


What is this doing?

The instructions for each OS help you download a package with the various application installers and an automated installation script to do the installing.

On OS X and Windows the script does the following:

  1. Prompts to install an IRC client
  2. Prompts to install Sublime Text 3 editor
  3. Prompts to install git
  4. Prompts if you want to configure git as per: https://drupal.org/documentation/git/configure
  5. Prompts for git username and email
  6. Extract Drupal 8 core and do a git pull to ensure you have latest commits for core
  7. Runs Acquia Dev Desktop installer


Linux

If you are a Linux user unfortunately, due to the lack of a standardised toolset across all operating systems, we currently have to expect that you have the skillset to set up a compatible web stack yourself. We are however working on a Virtual Machine based approach for a future event that will result in an alignment of the tools across all operating systems.

Here are some documentation pages for setting up Linux development environments and Virtual Machine development enviroments.


Mac OS X

Just click this link to sync the OS X Resilio share

Check "I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms" and click the Next button.

Resilio Sync will synchronize chosen folder(s) immediately. You can access BitTorrent Sync's interface via the Menu Bar (Mac) or System Tray (Windows) icon.

Once Resilio Sync has finished downloading the folder navigate to it and open 1. Setup Instructions.pdf which has instructions for completing the installation.


Windows

Just click this link to sync the Windows Resilio share

Check "I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms" and click the Next button.

Resilio Sync will synchronize chosen folder(s) immediately. You can access Resilio Sync's interface via the Menu Bar (Mac) or System Tray (Windows) icon.

Once Resilio Sync has finished downloading the folder navigate to it and open 1. Setup Instructions.pdf which has instructions for completing the installation.


Instructions for event organisers

The purpose of this setup method is to reduce external network load:

  • Ideally you have several mentors connected to the network who already have the folders synced to their computers
  • The Resilio installers are provided to attendees on a thumb drive with a PDF of these instructions

If you are unable to provide thumb drives you can direct participants to download Resilio Sync directly instead.

Trouble? Check for updates

Ensure you are using Resilio Sync version 2.4+, and ensure the time is correct on your computer.

These instructions were created by Brian Gilbert (realityloop).

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Comments

sja45uk’s picture

Is there any reason why the Community Tools Windows folder has not been updated to use the newly released Drupal 8 beta? I see it does a git pull to update core but it might be better to start with the latest baseline.

realityloop’s picture

Hi Steve, the tools will always be including HEAD as they are primarily designed for those wanting to contribute, there is nothing stopping you from installing Drupal using your preferred version though.

DamienMcKenna’s picture

For anyone who's wondering what happened to BitTorrent Sync, it was spun off as a separate company, hence Resilio Sync being used instead of the older btsync.

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Damien McKenna | Mediacurrent