Upgrading themes for Tyk Enterprise Portal

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The Tyk Enterprise Developer Portal does not automatically update the default theme with each new release of the product, because doing so could result in the loss of customisations made by customers. Therefore, customers are required to manually upgrade their themes to access the latest updates and fixes. We recommend using GitFlow for the latest theme updates. Alternatively, you can download the theme package from the Releases section of the portal-default-theme repository. However, we advise against this method, as it requires you to merge your customised theme with the downloaded one, which is much simpler to accomplish via GitFlow. Follow the guide below to obtain the latest version of the portal theme and merge it with your customised version.

Updating Tyk Enterprise Developer Portal themes via gitflow

The default theme for the Tyk Enterprise Developer Portal is located in the portal-default-theme repository. The main branch contains code corresponding to the latest stable release. If you wish to check out a specific release (e.g., v1.8.3), you can use tags:

git checkout tags/1.8.3 -b my-custom-theme branch

To organise local development in a way that facilitates seamless theme updates using git merge, follow the steps below:

  1. Fork the portal-default-theme repo in github.

    Fork the portal-theme repo

  2. Clone the forked repository:

git clone https://github.com/my-github-profile/portal-default-theme && cd ./portal-default-theme
  1. If you have an existing repository, check if you already have the portal-default-theme repo among your remotes before adding it. Execute the following command to check:
git remote -v | grep 'TykTechnologies/portal-default-theme'

Skip the next step if you see the following:

# portal-default-theme  https://github.com/TykTechnologies/portal-default-theme (fetch)
# portal-default-theme  https://github.com/TykTechnologies/portal-default-theme (push)

If the output of the above command is empty, proceed to step 5 to add the portal-default-theme.

  1. Add the portal-default-theme to the remotes by executing the following command:
git remote add portal-default-theme https://github.com/TykTechnologies/portal-default-theme
  1. Create a new local branch that tracks the remote main branch. That branch will mirror the latest changes from the portal-default-theme main. You will be using it to import the latest changes from the portal-default-theme to your custom theme:
git fetch portal-default-theme main:portal-default-theme-main

If you have an existing local branch that tracks the main branch in the portal-default-theme repo, you can just pull the latest updates:

git checkout portal-default-theme-main
git pull portal-default-theme main
  1. To start customising the theme, create a local develop branch from the portal-default-theme-main:
git checkout portal-default-theme-main
git checkout -b dev-branch
  1. Once the required customisations are completed, commit the changes to the dev-branch.

  2. Merge the latest updates from the portal-default-theme into the dev-branch. Please remember to always pull the latest changes from the portal-default-theme-main branch before merging:

  • Checkout to the portal-default-theme-main and fetch the latest changes.
    git checkout portal-default-theme-main
    git pull portal-default-theme main
  • Checkout the dev-branch and merge the changes from the portal-default-theme-main to retrieve the latest changes from the portal-default-theme repo with the customised theme.
    git checkout dev-branch
    git merge portal-default-theme-main

Finally, address merge conflicts and commit changes.

You have successfully updated your custom theme

Now you can repeat the above described process when upgrading the portal version to make sure you have incorporated the latest theme changes to your customised theme.

Upload the theme to the portal

Once you have merged your local changes with the latest changes from the portal-default-theme repo, you need to create a zip archive with the customised theme and upload it to the portal.

  1. Create a zip archive with the customised theme. Make sure you zip the content of the src folder and not the folder itself. To create a zip archive with the customised theme execute the following:

    • cd to the src directory to make sure you:
    cd ./src
    • zip the content of the src directory:
    zip -r9 default.zip 
  2. Upload the theme package that is created in the previous step to the portal. You can use the portal’s Admin dashboard or the admin API to do it. image

  3. Finally, you need to activate the theme so that it will be applied to the portal.