Easily bootstrap a new October CMS project

v0.2.18 2017-09-12 05:29 UTC


oc-bootstrapper is a simple script that enables you to bootstrap an October CMS installation with custom plugins and custom themes. You simply describe your setup in a config file and run the install command.

oc-bootstrapper enables you to install plugins and themes from your own git repo.

The following steps will be taken care of:

  1. The latest October CMS gets downloaded from github and gets installed
  2. All composer dependencies are installed
  3. Relevant config entries are moved to a .env file for easy customization
  4. Sensible configuration defaults for your prod environment get pre-set
  5. Your database gets migrated
  6. All demo data gets removed
  7. Your selected theme gets downloaded and installed
  8. All your plugins get downloaded and installed
  9. A .gitignore file gets created
  10. A push to deploy setup gets initialized for you


  • Zip PHP extension (sudo apt-get install php7.0-zip)
  • Composer (via global binary or composer.phar in your working directory)

Tested on

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)

Will probably not work on Windows.


composer global require mrelevance/oc-bootstrapper

You can now run october from your command line.

$ october
October CMS Bootstrapper version 0.2.0


Initialize your project

Use the october init command to create a new project with a config file:

october init

Change your configuration

In your newly created project directory you'll find an october.yaml file. Edit its contents to suite your needs.

    locale: en
    debug: true

    theme: name (user@remote.git)
    edgeUpdates: false
    enableSafeMode: false

    connection: mysql
    username: homestead
    password: secret
    database: bootstrapper

    deployment: false
    bareRepo: true          # Exclude everything except themes and custom plugins in git  
    excludePlugins: false   # Even exclude plugins from your repo. Private plugins will be
                            # checkout out again during each "install" run. Be careful!
                            # Manual changes to these plugins will be overwritten.        

    - Rainlab.Pages
    - Rainlab.Builder
    - Indikator.Backend
    - OFFLINE.SiteSearch
    - OFFLINE.ResponsiveImages
    - OFFLINE.Indirect (
    # - Vendor.Private (user@remote.git)
    # - Vendor.PrivateCustomBranch (user@remote.git#branch)

    name: User Name
    driver: log

Theme and Plugin syntax

oc-bootstrapper enables you to install plugins and themes from your own git repo. Simply append your repo's address in () to tell oc-bootstrapper to check it out for you. If no repo is defined the plugins are loaded from the October Marketplace.

Install October CMS

When you are done editing your configuration file, simply run october install to install October.

Install additional plugins

If at any point in time you need to install additional plugins, simply add them to your october.yaml and rerun october install. Missing plugins will be installed.

Change config

To change your installation's configuration, simply edit the .env file in your project root. When deploying to production, make sure to edit your .env.production template file and rename it to .env.

Bare repos

If you don't want to have the complete October source code in your repository set the bareRepo option to true.

This will set up a .gitignore file that excludes everything except your theme directory and all the manually installed plugins in your plugins directory.

If you want to deploy a bare repo please read the section SSH deployments with bare repos below.


By default every private plugin will be cloned only once and is then added to your .gitignore file. In the end your bare repo includes your theme and all your custom and private plugins. If you wish to only include your theme and no plugin data at all you can set excludePlugins to true.

If you run october install in an existing project (let's say during deployment) all private plugin directories will get remove from your local disk and are checked out via git again so you'll get the latest version.

If you don't want a plugin to be checked out on every october install run you can add the following line to your .gitignore file. If such a line is found the plugin will not be touched after the first checkout.

# vendor.plugin
# offline.sitesearch 

Get up and running after git clone

After cloning a bare repo for the first time, simply run october install. October CMS and all missing plugins will get installed locally on your machine.

SSH deployments

Set the deployment option to false if you don't want to setup deployments.

Currently oc-bootstrapper supports a simple setup to deploy a project on push via GitLab CI. To automatically create all needed files, simply set the deployment option to gitlab.

Support for other CI systems is added on request.

SSH deployments with bare repos

If you use SSH deployments with a bare repo, make sure to run ./vendor/bin/october install in your deployment script to install the October source code and all of your plugins . If the October source code is already available it won't be downloaded again.

If you use the provided GitLab deployment via Envoy make sure to simply uncomment this line.

It is important that you list every installed plugin in your october.yaml file. Otherwise the plugins won't be available after deployment.

GitLab CI with Envoy

If you use the gitlab deployment option the .gitlab-ci.yml and Envoy.blade.php files are created for you.

Change the variables inside the Envoy.blade.php to fit your needs.

If you push to your GitLab server and CI builds are enabled, the ssh tasks inside Envoy.blade.php are executed. Make sure that your GitLab CI Runner user can access your target server via ssh user@targetserver. You'll need to copy your ssh public key to the target server and enable password-less logins via ssh.

For more information on how to use ssh keys during a CI build see

Cronjob to commit changes from prod into git

If a deployed website is edited by a customer directly on the prod server you might want to commit those changes back to your git repository.

To do this, simply create a cronjob that executes every X minutes. This script will commit all changes to your git repo automatically.

File templates

You can overwrite all default file templates by creating a folder called october in your global composer directory. Usually it is located under ~/.composer/.

Place the files you want to use as defaults in ~/.composer/october. All files from the templates directory can be overwritten.


  • Update command to update private plugins


Fix cURL error 60 on Windows using XAMPP

If you are working with XAMPP on Windows you will most likely get the following error during october install:

cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

You can fix this error by executing the following steps.

  1. Download the cacert.pem file from VersatilityWerks

  2. Extract the cacert.pem to the php folder in your xampp directory (eg. c:\xampp\php)

  3. Edit your php.ini (C:\xampp\php\php.ini). Add the following line.

    curl.cainfo = "\xampp\php\cacert.pem"

october install should work now as expected.