PatternFly reference implementation
This reference implementation of PatternFly is based on Bootstrap v3. Think of PatternFly as a "skinned" version of Bootstrap with additional components and customizations. For information on how to quickly get started using PatternFly, see the Quick Start Guide. If you wish to contribute to PatternFly, please follow the instructions under "Contributing to PatternFly".
Install with NPM
PatternFly can be installed and managed through NPM. To do so, either add
patternfly as a dependency in your
package.json or run the following:
npm install patternfly --save
PatternFly stays up to date with the Node LTS Release Schedule. If you're using PatternFly downstream, we suggest the use of an actively supported version of Node/NPM, although prior versions of Node may work.
Install with Bower
PatternFly can be installed and managed through Bower. To do so, either add
patternfly as a dependency in your
bower.json or run the following:
bower install patternfly --save
exclude: [ "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/patternfly-bootstrap-combobox/css/bootstrap-combobox.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/bootstrap-datepicker/dist/css/bootstrap-datepicker.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/bootstrap-datepicker/dist/css/bootstrap-datepicker3.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/bootstrap-select/dist/css/bootstrap-select.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/bootstrap-switch/dist/css/bootstrap3/bootstrap-switch.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/patternfly-bootstrap-treeview/dist/bootstrap-treeview.min.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/c3/c3.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/datatables/media/css/jquery.dataTables.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/datatables.net-colreorder-bs/css/colReorder.bootstrap.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/drmonty-datatables-colvis/css/dataTables.colVis.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/eonasdan-bootstrap-datetimepicker/build/css/bootstrap-datetimepicker.min.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.css", "node_modules/patternfly/node_modules/google-code-prettify/bin/prettify.min.css" ],
Sass and/or Rails
A set of common AngularJS directives for use with PatternFly is available.
Contributing to PatternFly
The following sections provide information on how to get started as a developer or designer in the PatternFly codebase. In order to set up your environment, two different types of dependencies will need to be set up. Please follow the instructions under "Development - Build Dependencies" (Node.js/Ruby) and "Development - Code Dependencies" below. If you wish to use PatternFly in your project, please follow the Quick Start Guide instead.
Development - Build Dependencies
Development setup requires Node.js and Ruby. If you do not already have Node.js, npm, and Ruby installed on your system, see https://github.com/joyent/node/wiki/Installing-Node.js-via-package-manager and https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/downloads.
Development - Code Dependencies
The PatternFly code includes a number of dependencies that are not committed to this repository. To add them, follow the instructions below under "Install NPM Dependencies". Please make sure you keep them updated (see Keeping NPM Dependencies Updated).
Patternfly uses Autoprefixer to auto add prefixes to its output CSS. Since Patternfly extends some of the core Bootstrap3 less which contains prefixes, we also explicitly add prefixes in these cases to ensure backwards compatibility with Bootstrap3. If consuming Patternfly LESS and compiling, you can define your own target prefixes using browserlist.
Install NPM Dependencies
The development includes the use of a number of helpful tasks. In order to setup your development environment to allow running of these tasks, you need to install the local nodejs packages declared in
To do this clone, and change directories into PatternFly:
This should take care of the majority of dependencies.
Since PatternFly is shrink wrapped, npm 3 will install all necessary development packages into
node_modules/patternfly/node_modules. At this point, the gruntjs tasks are available for use such as starting a local development server or building the master CSS file.
If you prefer a flat dependency structure, you can define your own dependencies explicitly. That will flatten out the node_modules structure and place dependencies in the root node_modules directory.
Additionally you may need to install the grunt command line utility. To do this run:
npm install -g grunt-cli
Test pages are optionally generated using Jekyll. To use jekyll to build the test pages, ensure Ruby is installed and available then run:
npm run jekyll
gem install bundle bundle install
During the install you may be asked for your password as part of the Ruby installation process.
Next, set the environment variable PF_PAGE_BUILDER=jekyll. eg.: PF_PAGE_BUILDER=jekyll grunt build
Keeping NPM Dependencies Updated
Anytime you pull a new version of PatternFly, make sure you also run
so you get the latest version of the dependencies specified in package.json.
Live Reload Server
A local development server can be quickly fired up by using the Gruntjs server task:
This local static asset server (i.e., http://localhost:9000) has the advantage of having livereload integration. Thus, if you start the Gruntjs server, any changes you make to
.less files will be automatically reloaded into your browser and the changes reflected almost immediately. This has the obvious benefit of not having to refresh your browser and still be able to see the changes as you add or remove them from your development files. Additionally, any changes made to Jekyll source files (
tests/pages/) will trigger a Jekyll build.
In development, styling is written and managed through multiple lesscss files. In order to generate a CSS file of all styling, run the build Gruntjs task:
npm run build
This task will compile and minify the lesscss files into CSS files located at
PatternFlyIcons font is generated using IcoMoon. Go to manage projects and import the project
PatternFlyIcons-webfont.json. Load it and update as necessary. When finished, return to manage projects, and download the updated
PatternFlyIcons-webfont.json file. Also generate the fonts. Please commit the updated
PatternFlyIcons-webfont.json file, the updated font files and supporting LESS/CSS changes.
For detailed instructions, please see our PatternFly Icon Guide
tests/ directory contains HTML pages with component and pattern examples in order to facilitate development. Please consult the official documentation (see below) for full details on how to use PatternFly. The latest PatternFly test directory examples can be seen at https://rawgit.com/patternfly/patternfly/master-dist/dist/tests/.
If you are developing on PatternFly and would like to provide a link to a test directory from your fork, TravisCI can be configured to create a copy of your branch with the dist files generated for you. No code changes are necessary to enable this, all that is needed is to login to TravisCI and configure it to point at your PatternFly fork. The first three steps at their Getting Started page provide instructions on how to do this. You will also need to add an AUTH_TOKEN variable to Travis generated in your GitHub account to allow Travis to connect to your fork.
The HTML pages in
dist/tests are generated using Jekyll. Do not edit these files directly. See
tests/pages to change these files.
PatternFly is released through the Bower and npm.
To release a new version version of PatternFly, edit
Update the version listed in
bower.json by editing the file and changing the line:
Update the version listed in
package.json by editing the file and changing the line:
Commit the version bump:
git commit -a -m "Version bump to <new_version>"
Tag and push upstream (assuming you have commit access):
git tag <new_version> git push && git push --tags
The Bower package manager determines available versions and installs based upon git tags, so the new version will now be automatically available via Bower.
To publish a new version to npm, execute:
Browser and Device Support
Important: starting with the v2.0.0 release, PatternFly no longer supports Internet Explorer 8.
Official tracking of bugs occurs in Jira. See https://patternfly.atlassian.net/issues/?filter=10304
Modifications to Bootstrap are copyright 2013 Red Hat, Inc. and licensed under the Apache License 2.0.