Week 1: Setup

This is Week 1 of the 7-week course Hands-On: Theming. Get started with Drupal 8 theming in 1 hour a week for 7 weeks. Based on our popular Drupal 8 Theming Workshop featured at DrupalCon.

Time to complete: About 30-60 minutes

This week you will set up a local development environment and a Drupal 8 site with some dummy content. The amount of time it will take to complete depends on how familiar you already are with setting up Drupal and its system dependencies on your machine. The resources listed below can be used as a reference or refresher if needed. Be sure to complete the last tutorial listed (Exercise: Setup) before you move on to Week 2: Create a New Theme.


  1. Complete Exercise: Setup:
    • Install Drupal 8 on your local machine so you can modify files with a code editor or IDE of your choice.
    • Install Devel and Devel Generate modules and generate dummy content for your local practice Drupal site.