What’s new in Drupal 8 and how you can contribute

Hey all now days Drupal community are very hard at work in developing Drupal 8 . If you are passionate about Drupal and want to contribute to Drupal 8 and not finding any source to start then this is blog can help you.

What we will cover in this blog :-

  1. How to take Drupal 8 stable core to your local machine and start developing with it .
  2. What’s new in Drupal 8 ?
  3. Some explanation of changes with code.

Below are the steps to setup Drupal 8 stable core to local machine . I am hoping you have GIT installed in your machine .

  1. git clone --branch 7.x http://git.drupal.org/project/drupal.git
  2. cd drupal
  3. git checkout 8.x

If you want to go back to your D7 version just do ” git checkout 7.x ” . For updating your Drupal 8 core do “git pull ” . It will update your Drupal 8 code instance .

You can also do if you just want D8 code base . idea for above things are just to understand the code architecture of D7 and D8 . Below you will only get D8 code base instance .

1. git clone –recursive –branch 8.x
2. cd drupal

A useful link is also http://drupal.org/node/3060/git-instructions/8.x

Now you can start building your custom modules , Themes for Drupal 8 .

In Drupal 8 till now what community has updated has many changes in core . Below is link of list of changes in Drupal 8 .


You can check out each changes and start writing your code with Drupal 8 .

Below are some other links which give you information about Drupal 8 development , roadmap , Documentation , code , contributors , IRC channels , meeting times etc.
This is link to video which drive you through some custom code development in Drupal 8 .
Some other links for understanding architecture and developing in Drupal 8 :-

Menu change example :- In D8 menu links are converted into entities . So in order to create new menu in Drupal 8 you can do like this .

$menu_link = entity_create('menu_link', array(
'link_title' => t('Home'),
'link_path' => '<front>',
'menu_name' => 'main',
Saving menu links with Drupal 8 :-
$menu_links = entity_load_multiple_by_properties('menu_link', array('link_path' => $link_path));
foreach ($menu_links as $menu_link) {
$menu_link->link_title = t('New link title');
Some changes are also happens with hooks like :-
hook_menu_link_alter() has been replaced by hook_menu_link_presave()
hook_translated_menu_link_alter() has been replaced by hook_menu_link_load().
I hope this blog is helpful for you . Please feel free to comment and send your queries to me .

14 thoughts on “What’s new in Drupal 8 and how you can contribute

  1. Nice article, Giving Nice advice us about Drupal 8. In this Drupal 8 they provide one good feature which is Better Markup with HTML5 feature is good for making websites fully functional and compatible with mobile screen.

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  5. All I am wishing is no installation problems. Many people has complaint that they had lots of problems while installing drupal 7. Lets see what Drupal developers have to offer in Drupal 8.

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