How to compile assets

Some components in PrestaShop, like Javascript or SCSS files, need to be compiled to be usable.


We use Webpack to compile assets. You only need NodeJS 8.x (get it here), NPM will take care of it all.

Assets that need to be compiled

  • Back Office
    • Default theme
      • SASS files
        Located in admin-dev/themes/default/sass
    • New theme
      • SCSS files
        Located in admin-dev/themes/new-theme/scss
      • JS files
        Located in admin-dev/themes/new-theme/js
  • Front Office
    • Core assets
      • JS files
        Located in themes/_core/js
    • Classic theme
      • SCSS files
        Located in themes/classic/_dev/css
      • JS files
        Located in themes/classic/_dev/js

Compiling assets

  1. Switch to the root of the subproject

    Subproject Path
    Default theme cd admin-dev/themes/default/
    New theme cd admin-dev/themes/new-theme/
    FO Core cd themes/
    Classic theme cd themes/classic/_dev/
  2. Run npm install (first time only)

    npm install
  3. Run webpack

    npm run build

Build all assets at once

You can rebuild all the assets at once by executing this command from the project root:

# or alternatively, since 1.7.8:
make assets

Watching for changes

You can also make webpack listen for changes and compile only what’s needed as you work on your files:

npm run watch

Rebuild your changes before committing.

The “watch” build will optimize your assets for development. Please remember to rebuild for production when you are done using npm run build.


If npm install fails with error: Failed at the ... postinstall script.:

You may be using node version 9 or 10, you should use node version 8.