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A GOV.UK design system template pack for Django Pattern Library.

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GDS template pack

This is a django-pattern-library template pack for the GOV.UK design system.


This is a minimal how-to for installation and usage.

Install using your package manager of choice. e.g. with pip:

pip install gds-template-pack

Add to installed apps and add a section to the django-pattern-library settings:


    # ...

# django-pattern-library
    "SECTIONS": (
        ("gds", ("gds",)),
        # ...
    # ...


Once installed and configured, you can reference the various templates as you would do with any Django app. e.g. to use the back-link component: {% include "gds/back-link/back-link.html" with link_url="" link_text="Back" %})


You'll need Python 3.8 or above and Poetry installed.


Install the Python dependencies using Poetry:

poetry install

By default, this will create a virtual environment in ./.venv/ and install the dependencies there. If this doesn't happen, check your settings against the documentation.

Then start the Django development server and browse the template pack at http://localhost:8000/:

poetry run dev_app/ runserver 8000

Frontend Development

To set up the frontend development environment, first run the above commands to start the django server. Then, run the following commands in a separate terminal window.

fnm use
npm install
npm run start

If you haven't installed fnm yet, you can install it with brew install fnm on macOS / Linux. Further install instructions are on the fnm repository, or alternatively you can use nvm use instead.

Navigate to http://localhost:3000 to see the project running.

Run npm run dev to tell WebPack to watch for SCSS and JS changes without adding livereload to your browser. The files will recompile automatically, but you'll need to manually refresh your webpage to see changes take effect.

GOV UK Frontend CSS, JS and assets

This repo installs the GOV UK frontend styling and JavaScript via NPM. Where custom components are added to this repo, their styles and JavaScript are found in the static-src directory.

To add the GOV UK NPM package separately to your project, this can be done using the following instructions:

  • Install the govuk-frontend package: npm install govuk-frontend --save
  • Follow the documentation on how to get the CSS, JS, fonts and images working

Custom Components

We've added custom styles and JavaScript for some of the components in this pattern library, as they aren't officially supported by GDS yet.

GOV UK assets are stored in the root folder (under assets/) as this is where webpack will look for them when compiling the GOV UK node module SCSS. govuk.js is a separate JS file with all the official components JavaScript; it is loaded this way following the GOV get started advice.

Add any new SCSS or JS files to the static-src/ directory under dev_app/. The static folder must remain under dev_app as this is where Django will look for static files. Static file loading is only suitable for development purposes - this repository is not suitable as a base for production ready sites.

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