A command line tool that creates and manages Drupal distributions.

0.2.0 2014-01-15 02:38 UTC

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This project is a command line tool that creates and manages Drupal distributions with a focus on continuous integration. Distros are pre-configured to integrate seamlessly with Travis CI and are bundled with Apache Ant targets that make it easy to build up, tear down, and run tests against your application.


curl -sLO https://github.com/cpliakas/drupal-distro/releases/download/0.2.0/drupal-distro.phar

Run php drupal-distro.phar list to see all commands supported by this tool and ensure that installation succeeded.

It is also common practice to place the drupal-distro.phar file in a location that makes it easier to access, for example /usr/local/bin, and renaming it to drupal-distro. Ensure the file is executable by running chmod 755 so that you don't have to prefix the command with php.

Usage For Distro Maintainers

Create A New Distro

php drupal-distro.phar new \
  --profile-name="My Distro" \
  --profile-description="A test installation profile" \
  --git-url=http://example.com/repo.git \

TIP: To test locally, create a repo on your filesystem by running git init --bare /path/to/repo/dir and then using file:///path/to/repo/dir as the --git-url option.

Push Distro To Git Repository

cd distro_test
git push -u origin master

Continuous Integration

Your new distro is pre-configured to work with Travis CI. The easiest way to get started is to create a repository on GitHub, log into Travis CI with your GitHub account, and then enable your repository for testing. All commits pushed to GitHub will automatically trigger a Travis CI build and run your behavior tests.

Usage For Distro Developers

Clone the repository and change into the resulting directory. It is assumed that your web and database servers are configured to serve your Drupal application.

Install The Distro

  • Copy the build.properties.dist file to build.properties
  • Modify build.properties according to your local environment

  • Run ant on the command line

Work With A Forked Repo

It is common practice to develop against a fork of the primary repo or a development branch. The recommended workflow is to create a secondary makefile that references the repository or branch being developed against and modify the build.properties file to use the newly created makefile.

For example, the steps below assume a primary makefile named example.make.

  • Copy example.make to example-dev.make
  • Modify example-dev.make to reflect your forked repo or development branch
  • Add the following directive to build.properties
  • Run ant on the command line

Write Behavior Tests

Behavior tests are contained in the test directory. Refer to the Behat project for more details on writing tests. The Apache Ant targets included with your new distribution will automatically install the test suite (Behat + Mink + Selenium), and your distro is pre-configured to use the tools.

Run The Tests

  • Run ant run-tests to re-install the distro and run the behavior tests
    • Pass the -Ddrush.nomake=1 option to prevent rebuilding the docroot
    • Pass the -Ddrush.noinstall=1 option to prevent reinstalling the distro

Related Projects

Drupal Distribution Manager builds on the shoulders of giants, and the list of projects below are used by this application:

P.S. Do you really want to download and configure all this stuff yourself? Let Drupal Distribution Manager do the dirty work for you!


Many of the concepts used in Drupal Distribution Manager were adopted from rb2k's work on the Commons distribution.