Drupal's Contrib floodgates are open, PAReview your projects in Drupal VM!

Last week, the proverbial floodgates were opened when Drupal.org finally opened access to any registered user to create a 'full' Drupal.org project (theme, module, or profile). See the Project Applications Process Revamp issue on Drupal.org for more details.

Drupal.org modules page
You can now contribute full Drupal projects even if you're new to the community!

Some people weren't comfortable with this change, but it makes onboarding new Drupal contributors more painless and rewarding experience. In the past, when projects got stuck in a Project Application Review hell, it could take months to years before a new Drupal contrib project would be granted access to the exclusive 'full project' club! One of the sad byproducts of that process was the fact that so few contrib themes seem to have been created in the past year or so (compared to the Drupal 6 and 7 release cycle, parts of which still allowed anyone access to full projects).

Whether it's a net benefit for the community or whether there are dragons lurking in this new process, only time will tell. I think it will be a huge boon towards contrib health, especially since full projects are much easier to download, evaluate, test, fix, and work with than sandbox projects—and security coverage is still possible through the existing PAR process. I know that if I had hit tons of roadblocks the first time I tried submitting a theme I just spent many hours building, I would've just given up on submitting any Drupal contrib at that point. Other ecosystems (Wordpress plugins, NPM modules, Packagist libraries, etc.) don't have such a high bar for entry; and they don't offer automatic security support either!

In any case, one of the best things to come out of the entire PAR situation is a neat script/project, PAReview.sh, that runs any Drupal module through a gauntlet of tests, checking for code quality, typos, etc. And you can run it on your own modules, easily—whether they're on Drupal.org, GitHub, or locally, on your filesystem!

Traditionally, you had two options for running PAReview.sh on your module:

  1. You could use the extremely handy online pareview.sh website to test any publicly-accessible Git project repository. (But this didn't work for local or private projects, or for really quick iterative fixes.)
  2. You could spend some time installing all the script's dependencies as outlined in the installation docs. (But this can take a while, and assumes you're on Ubuntu — some of the instructions take some time to get right on a Mac or other Linux distros.)

At Pieter De Clercq's suggestion, though, I added out-of-the-box support for PAReview.sh to Drupal VM (see issue: Feature Idea: PAReview.sh as installed extra.

Enabling PAReview.sh on Drupal VM

The setup is very simple, and works the same on macOS, Linux, or Windows (anywhere Drupal VM runs!):

  1. Download Drupal VM.
  2. Install Vagrant and VirtualBox.
  3. Create a config.yml file inside the Drupal VM directory, and put in the following contents:

      - "../examples/scripts/pareview.sh"
      - { name: hirak/prestissimo, release: '^0.3' }
      - { name: drupal/coder, release: '^8.2' }
    nodejs_version: "6.x"
      - name: eslint
  4. Open a Terminal and cd into the Drupal VM directory, and run vagrant up.

Note: For an even speedier build (if you're just using Drupal VM to test out a module or three), you can add the following to config.yml to make sure only the required dependencies are installed, and to prevent a full Drupal 8 site from being built (if you don't need it):

installed_extras: []
extra_packages: []
drupal_build_composer_project: false
drupal_install_site: false
configure_drush_aliases: false

A new Drupal VM instance should be built within 5-10 minutes (depending on your computer's speed), with PAReview.sh configured inside.

Using PAReview.sh on Drupal VM

Drupal VM pareview.sh script after vagrant ssh

In the Drupal VM directory (still in the Terminal), run vagrant ssh to log into the VM. Then run the pareview.sh script on a Drupal.org module just to ensure it's working:

pareview.sh http://git.drupal.org/project/honeypot.git

This should output some messages, and maybe even a few errors (hey, no maintainer is perfect!), and then drop you back to the command line.

You can also run the script against any local project. If you drop a module named my_custom_module into the same directory as the Vagrantfile, you can see it inside the VM in the /vagrant folder, so you can run the script against your custom module like so:

pareview.sh /vagrant/my_custom_module

See the PAReview.sh documentation for more usage examples and notes, and go make your modules perfect!


Special thanks to Pieter De Clercq (PieterDC) for the inspiration for this new feature, to Klaus Purer (klausi) for the amazing work on PAReview.sh, and also to Patrick Drotleff (patrickd) for maintaining the free online version.


We've added all of the Coder phpcs checks, as well as eslint, csslint to DrupalCI now. Maintainers can enable testing for their projects and get most of what pareview.sh does.

There are some things that pareview was checking that we could easily add to drupalci so that these checks can be enabled for all projects. I opened an issue here: https://www.drupal.org/node/2860699

Good to know! Continuous testing is the best way to keep things maintainable; PAReview is still a huge help for custom modules and quick iteration while fixing issues, of course.

Great post. Just one small correction, under step 3 should be:
- name: eslint



Ah, you're correct. Sorry about that, I've updated the post!