topic Sub-Theming


Read the Getting Started topic.


Below are instructions on how to create a Drupal Bootstrap based sub-theme. There are several different variations on how to accomplish this task, but this topic will focus on the two primarily and most common ways.

Choose an Existing Starterkit

Create a New Sub-theme

  1. Copy over one of the starterkits you have chosen from the ./bootstrap/starterkits folder into sites/all/themes or a respective sites/*/themes folder.
  2. Rename the folder to a unique machine readable name. This will be your sub-theme's "name". For this example and future examples we'll use subtheme.
  3. Rename ./subtheme/cdn.starterkit or, if using the LESS Starterkit, ./subtheme/less.starterkit to match the folder name and append .info (e.g. ./subtheme/
  4. Open ./subtheme/ and change the name, description and any other properties to suite your needs.

WARNING: Ensure that the .starterkit suffix is not present on your sub-theme's .info filename. This suffix is simply a stop gap measure to ensure that the bundled starter kit sub-theme cannot be enabled or used directly. This helps people unfamiliar with Drupal avoid modifying the starter kit sub-theme directly and instead forces them to create a new sub-theme to modify.

Enable Your New Sub-theme

In your Drupal site, navigate to admin/appearance and click the Enable and set default link next to your newly created sub-theme.

Please refer to Choose an Existing Starterkit for additional documentation pertaining to the chosen Starterkit.

Source docs/subtheme/ (line 3)


Name Description
CDN Starterkit Instructions for subtheming using the CDN Starterkit.
Helper Functions List of common helper functions for use in Drupal Bootstrap based themes.
Less Starterkit Instructions for subtheming using the Less Starterkit.
Sass Starterkit Instructions for subtheming using the Sass Starterkit.
Theme Settings Overview of theme settings for Drupal Bootstrap based themes.