Here is a quick rundown of Metronic’s file structure to get yourself familiarized with where all of our functions, folders and more are placed.
When you first unpack Metronic, you will be greeted with 3 main folders:
The design folder is where we place our design file preview. Our design file is made using Figma, and you can signup for a free account here (https://www.figma.com/) to start viewing it.
Next up, our documentation folder is where we place our entire official documentation (located here: https://keenthemes.com/metronic/?page=docs) for your offline viewing. It is best for you to start viewing the offline documentation via the
This is where we place Metronic’s entire Admin Dashboard Template solution in and it is neatly packed with each framework
vue respectively. Each folder consists of all files and folders necessary for its respective framework solution. For example, for the
angular folder, we have Metronic’s Angular version neatly packed within it.
In this article, we will be mainly focusing on our html framework because it is the most extensive and expandable framework. For all other frameworks, if you are already familiar with the framework, the files and folder structure should be similar with what you have already known and loved.
Metronic’s HTML Demos
All the demos for Metronic are packed neatly in individual folders within the html folder. Each demo folder is independent from each other demo. Therefore, if you are working with demo 1 for a specific project, you will only need to be working within the demo1 folder. You do not need to include all other demo folders within your project.
Each of our demos are split into 2 main folders:
The dist folder is where we place all our HTML files for Metronic. If you need to locate a certain HTML code segment from the demo, all you need to do is look at the page URL you are browsing, for example “https://preview.keenthemes.com/metronic/demo1/custom/apps/inbox.html”, then you can easily find the HTML file it’s using from the path after “
metronic”. In this case, it is located under
demo1 > custom > apps > inbox.html
Our src folder is where we place all of Metronic’s assets within each organized folder, such as
media files and
plugin customizations, respectively. For example, if you need to do any JS work, you can browse our JS folder to look for the files you need to work on. Similarly with every other asset.
Our Build Tools
Within the tools folder, you will find a few files and folders. These files and folders are built to support both
Webpack workflows. This is also the folder path that you should use to run your commands within the command prompt or terminal.
Our Gulp file consists of 1 main config file called
gulp.config.json and all of our build functions are packed within a folder called
gulp. Files within the gulp folder consists of all our Gulp build functions. You do not need to modify any files within this folder.
gulpfile.js is just a file that consists of our gulp build commands for you to run on your command prompt (for Windows) or terminal (for Macs). You do not need to modify this file as well.
To customize our Gulp build tool, you will just work on our
gulp.config.json file. You can watch our video tutorial here on how customize it here: https://keenthemes.com/tutorials/build-assets-with-gulp.
Our Webpack build tools consists of several files. Our main Webpack config is in the tools folder called
webpack.config.js. We then initialize our core scripts within the
scripts.<demo>.js within the webpack folder, where the
<demo> represents the demo name or folder. Lastly, we have our plugins set up within the plugins folder. Mandatory plugins initialized via the
plugins.scss files and all other custom plugins initialized within each individual folder under the custom folder.
You can view our video tutorial explaining our Webpack build tools here: https://keenthemes.com/tutorials/build-assets-with-webpack
You can also check out our video on Metronic’s File Structure overview located here: https://keenthemes.com/tutorials/metronic-file-structure
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