Core development / Clone the Git Repository
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Warning: This method should only be used for doing work directly on the internal Bolt code base, and is not supported as a general installation option.
Installing Bolt directly from the Git repository requires both Git and Composer to be installed and working correctly. See this GitHub page for details on setting up Git, and the Composer Download page for instructions on obtaining and setting up an up-to-date copy of Composer.
Additionally, you need to decide if you want to use a stable branch (bug-fixing a stable or beta release), a feature branch for contributing a feature to the next Bolt minor release, or the bleeding-edge master branch which will become the next major version of Bolt.
At a high-level, the process is as follows:
- Clone the repository
- Checkout the required branch
- Install dependant packages via Composer
For example, the following would clone the Bolt repository automatically checking out the default branch, and installing dependant packages:
git clone git://github.com/bolt/core.git cd bolt composer install
Note: Bolt uses the current stable release branch as its default when cloning the repository.
For more information on core development, see the Bolt core development section of this documentation.
Choosing a Branch¶
Bolt uses a cascading branch-merge strategy, so that changes such as bug fixes made to the stable branch will cascade down to newer upcoming releases.
The overview of the branch layout is:
||Stable (default) branch, e.g.
||Beta release branch, usually one minor number higher than stable|
||v3 feature branch|
||Next major version development branch|
For a checkout of the current stable (default) branch, execute the following commands:
git clone git://github.com/bolt/core.git cd core
3.x Feature Branch¶
For a checkout of the
3.x feature branch, execute the following commands:
git clone git://github.com/bolt/core.git cd core git checkout 4.x
4.x (master) Unstable Branch¶
For a checkout of the next-generation bleeding-edge 4.x development
branch, execute the following commands:
git clone git://github.com/bolt/core.git cd core git checkout master
Installing & Updating Dependencies¶
To install package dependencies on a fresh clone, run:
To update Bolt's dependencies to their latest supported minor releases, or when switching between branches, run:
Note: When changing branches it is generally
advised to re-run
composer update as some dependencies may be
added in minor version, or be removed/replaced in major versions.
composer install or
composer update is run, without a
composer.lock present in the site root, Bolt will install the example themes
Note: These themes are required to run both unit & acceptance tests.
Should you require updated copies of these themes, they can be resynchronised
with the copies in the vendor directory via the
Web server configuration¶
After extracting the tar file, you'll end up with a structure, containing the
bolt files. These are the folders that contain all of the Bolt code, resources
and other files. Unlike the other methods of installation, all of them are
placed in the top level of the so-called web root. The created
where you've made the git checkout needs to be accessible in the browser.
To do this, configure your web server to use the
bolt/ folder as the
web root. For more information about this, see the pages on configuring
Apache or Nginx.
If you bump into trouble setting this up, or you have no access to change your web server's configuration, read the page Troubleshooting 'outside of the webroot'.
Generally most servers should be fine with the default permissions. However, if you require guidance on setting up permissions, see our File System Permissions page.
After you've done this, skip to the section Setting up Bolt.
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