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Installing a Development or Demo Server

When developing locally, your Drupal site resides in your isle-dc/codebase folder and is bind-mounted into your Drupal container. This lets you update code using the IDE of your choice on your host machine, and the changes are automatically reflected on the Drupal container.

Installing ISLE Docker Compose

Use Git to install the ISLE Docker Compose tool:

git clone

Tagged versions are available here.

Getting Started

If you don't already have a Drupal site, you'll be given a basic setup using Drupal 9 and the Islandora Starter Site.

If you do already have a Drupal site, use git to clone it into place as the codebase folder.

cd /path/to/isle-dc
git clone codebase

Now you'll need to tell isle-dc to look for it by setting the ENVIRONMENT variable in your .env file. If you don't have one, copy over sample.env and name it .env. Then set


You should also change the COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME variable. This determines the name of the Docker containers and volumes that are created when you run make starter. If you leave this as the default you will need to be careful not to overwrite the containers with another install of isle-dc later.


If your site includes exported configuration from drush config:export, then you'll also need to set


Once you are ready, run

make starter

to install the Drupal site in your codebase folder and spin up all the other containers with it.

Enjoy your Islandora instance! Check out the basic usage documentation to see all the endpoints that are available and how to do things like start and stop Islandora. Your passwords, including the Drupal admin password, can be found in the secrets/live directory after you run make starter.

Demo Content

To populate your site with some demo content, you can run make demo_content. This will import some sample objects into your Islandora site.

Last update: July 11, 2024