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A collection of skeletons for quickstarting CS projects.

Project description


CodeSkel provides a collection of skeletons for quickstarting Plone projects personalized after repeating many times several changes in our Plone projects

All skeletons are available as PasteScript templates and can be used via the ‘’paster’’ commandline tool. For example to create a package for a Plone 4 theme you can do:

paster create -t cs_plone_theme

this will ask a few questions such as desired package name and a description and output a complete package skeleton that you can immediately start using.

Please contribute by submitting patches for what you consider ‘best of breed’ file layouts for starting Zope projects.

Available templates


Diazo theme for Plone 5 based in plonetheme.barceloneta


A base template for a Plone 5 based buildout. It can be used for Plone 4 too. It has a single zeo-based instance, zeo server configuration and also a supervisor configuration. It provides additional instances if needed and sample configuration for haproxy and varnish. It also creates an egg omelette. It creates Apache and Nginx configuration files so, you can just symlink those files to the configuration folder of Apache/Nginx. The domain names can be configured directly in the buildout file. The port configuration is simplified to a single change in one place. It also creates a projectname variable to use it throughout the buildout file


This template creates a theme package for Plone 4 (it will work for 3 too). This is the successor of ZopeSkel provided plone3_theme but without the resource directories for CSS and images because our designers prefer to work with skin-based folders and urls without ++ :)


A template based on ploneteheme.bootstrap, that provides a Bootstrap based template for Plone.


A dexterity based package template based on the one provided by zopeskel.dexterity but with some changes, such as: no traces of Grok, less questions when creating the page, custom permissions, …

Local commands

This package adds also a local command support for cs_dexterity based packages to add a dexterity based content type.


This local command adds a new dexterity based content-type, with a simple view and creates all templates in a single folder. The content-types created are shown directly in the navigation.



This suggestion follows Mikko Ohtamaa’s recommendation:

The internet is full of tutorial saying easy_install ZopeSkel. If you ever encounter this
kind of tutorial, it's wrong.

Do not never use system paster command.

Do not ever run sudo easy_install ZopeSkel. Do not ever run paster local commands using a
paster command from your system-wide Python installation.

We have been fighting for long with system-wide ZopeSkel and some time ago started following Mikko’s recommendation and now we have almost zero problems when working with ZopeSkel/CodeSkel.

So, create a virtualenv and install CodeSkel in there, it will automatically pull ZopeSkel (version < 3) and zopeskel.dexterity


4.0.4 (2016-06-28)

  • Fix services.cfg to include += in parts [erral]

4.0.3 (2016-06-23)

4.0.2 (2016-06-23)

4.0.1 (2016-03-18)

  • Fix dexterity template [erral]

4.0 (2016-03-17)

  • Improve documentation [erral]

  • Change template names [erral]

  • Improve and clean dexterity templates [erral]

  • Remove django templates because we do not use them [erral]

  • Remove grok traces from dexterity template [erral]

3.2 (2015-10-13)

  • Rework Plone 5 Theme: provide a copy of Barceloneta that registers a LESS file and a JS file. [erral]

3.1 (2015-09-09)

3.0 (2015-07-30)

2.2 (2015-06-11)

2.1.1 (2015-02-09)

  • adjust default TLS configuration for nginx and add specific profile for spdy configuration [Mikel Larreategi <>]

2.1 (2015-02-05)

2.0 (2015-02-03)

  • Create configfiles to configure varnish and haproxy [erral]

  • Create webserver configuration for Apache and Nginx [erral]

  • Install dexterity always in plone buildout [erral]

  • Document versions part [erral]

1.14.1 (2014-02-19)

  • Pin setuptools & zc.buildout in Plone template [erral]

1.14 (2014-02-19)

  • Pin some more eggs in Plone buildout [erral]

  • Upgrade Plone buildout to use Plone 4.3.2 [erral]

  • Fix diff_tool.xml file syntax [erral]

  • Fix theme template to be compatible with latest Sunburst [erral]

1.13 (2013-7-5)

  • Add diff tool configurationfile to the profile in the dexterity template [erral]

  • Remove useless static directory in dexterity template [erral]

  • Add namedfile dependency in to dexterity template [erral]

  • Remove custom meta type in dexterity template. Refs: [erral]

  • New defaults: Plone 4.3.1 with p.a.contenttypes [erral]

  • Set dexterity as required for content-types [erral]

  • Add more interfaces for generated dexterity types [erral]

1.12 (2013-3-15)

  • Add information about making dexterity content-type multilingual [erral]

  • Pin supervisor and collective.recipe.supervisor to a KGS [erral]

  • Set (autorestart=true) in zope and zeo instances in supervisor [erral]

  • Upgrade Plone buildout to the latest 4.2.5 version [erral]

  • Use the generated permission in the profile file for dexterity types [erral]

  • Clean dexterity template: generate content-type names based on the name, and not the full dotted name [erral]

1.11 (2013-2-20)

  • Upgrade files to zc.buildout >= 2.0 [erral]

  • Grok theme packages by default [erral]

1.10.3 (2013-1-20)

  • Fix wrong variable use [erral]

1.10.2 (2012-12-19)

  • Change static and media path in settings.py_tmpl

  • Add pytz to django based templates

  • Add staticfiles stuff on

1.10.1 (2012-11-14)

  • Brown bag release, src directory was ignored by gitignore and thus missing from the release [erral]

1.10 (2012-11-14)

  • New django buildout template [erral]

  • Document the django project template [erral]

1.9 (2012-11-14)

  • Added new template for quickstarting Django projects [erral]

  • Added buildout for developing this package [erral]

1.8.10 (2012-10-05)

  • Added a new template based on Twitter Bootstrap Theme provided by plonetheme.bootstrap [erral]

  • Buildout can’t handle urls with buildout parameters [erral]

1.8.9 (2012-10-05)

  • Add Plone version in a parameter [erral]

  • Fix syntax error. [erral]

1.8.8 (2012-10-05)

  • Add checkinterval calculation part to buildout recipe [erral]

  • Deactivate mobile.css from cs_plone3_theme [erral]

1.8.7 (2012-05-19)

  • Change project’s url [erral]

1.8.6 (2012-05-19)

  • Remove ‘media’ in CSS [erral]

  • Add instructions for eggs and zcml sections in buildout template [erral]

  • Add missing sources section in buildout-template [erral]

1.8.5 (2012-05-11)

  • Fix dependencies [erral]

1.8.4 (2012-05-10)

  • Set Sunburst Theme as base template directly in skins.xml file [erral]

1.8.3 (2012-05-09)

  • Add Sunburst Theme as default for cs_plone3_themes [erral]

  • Fix broken template [erral]

1.8.2 (2012-05-03)

  • Fix documentation [erral]

1.8.1 (2012-05-03)

  • Fix ZopeSkel dependency to <= 2.99 [erral]

  • Fix doc [erral]


  • Remove old Plone 3 templates [erral]


  • Fix possible path issue in Plone 4.2b2 [erral]


  • Add to browser [erral]


  • Remove details from plone3_theme template [erral]

  • Add products directory to plone4_buildout [erral]

  • Upgrade Plone 4 version [erral]

  • Add base template for Dexterity based content-types with customizations from CS [erral]

  • Add a localcommand to add a content-type based on Dexterity [erral]


  • It’s not possible to parametrize easily the Plone version [erral]


  • Update Plone 4 buildout with own repository [erral]

  • Parametrize Plone version [erral]


  • Add missing folder [erral]


  • New Plone version (4.0.1) [erral]


  • Forgot to add buildout.dumppickedversions options [erral]


  • Plone 4 is already out! [erral]

  • Add mr.developer and buildout.dumppickedversions [erral]


  • One more fix for supervisor scripts (Plone 4) [erral]

  • Upgrade Plone to 4.0.b5 [erral]


  • Add version pinning for supervisor (Plone 4) [erral]

  • Correct supervisor script path (Plone 4) [erral]


  • Fix restructured-text syntax [erral]


  • Add plone4 buildout [erral]


  • Fix cs_plone3_buildout timestamp bug [erral]


  • Remove obsolete Plone 2.5 templates [erral]

  • Remove Django buildout [erral]

  • Use superbuildout for plone buildout templates [erral]


  • Add defaults for deployment ports [erral]


  • Add buildout eggtractor [erral]

  • Deployment fixes [erral]


  • Rewrite cs_django_buildout template to add omelette and remove django-settings parts [erral]

  • A ‘d’ was missing in buildouts [erral]


  • egg_info weirdness [erral]


  • Added Django template [erral]


  • Fix some Plone 3 buildout options [erral]


  • Fix packaging [erral]


  • Add additional fake-egg: ZODB3 [erral]

  • Use the zope version included in versions.cfg [erral]


  • Upgrade to Plone 3.2.1 [erral]


  • Add cs.plt.contentnegotiator and 2.1 branch of PloneLanguageTool to have content based language negotiator [erral]


  • svn reorganization with things mistakenly checked in to a tag.


  • Added missing in plone25_theme


  • More fixes in templates


  • Fixed deployment templates


  • Added cs.donedukia to cs_plone3_buildout template


  • Added varnish and supervisor to buildout templates

  • Some polishment in plone2.5_theme template, removing useless DTML-based CSS files and some folders


  • First working version. It contains the following templates:

  • plone2.5_theme: a simple egg-like theme for Plone 2.5.x using GenericSetup profile to install itself and Theme installation using quickinstaller script

  • plone3_theme: a simple egg line theme for Plone 3.x using GenericSetup and not using zope3-like resources like ZopeSkel template does.

  • cs_plone3_buildout: a base buildout template with our customizations:

    • uses cs.donedukia and cs.navigation

    • installs an egg-omelette

  • udalplone_buildout: a base buildout for UdalPlone, based on Plone 2.5.x

  • udalplone3_buildout: a base buildout for UdalPlone, based on Plone 3.x

0.1 - 1.1

  • Initial testing non-working versions

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