WMT Design Tool

The WMT Design Tool is a command line interface (CLI) to manage and synchronize WEM Design Templates. At the moment, this tool is only available for MS Windows.

This tool allows you to connect to the WEM Design Template Server, get available design templates, create copies and upload changes.

To change the contents of Design Template (html, css, less) you can use the Visual Studio Code editor, that allows you to access the local copies of your Design Templates and provides a powerful tool to work with the files and make changes.

Getting Started with WMT on Windows

Download and run the WMT Design Tool Installer from the following location:

WMT Setup Windows (exe)

  • This installer is only for Windows!

  • The publisher is not officially trusted by Windows so you will need to explicitly override the warning to allow download and installation of this file.

After installation, the wmt command is available from the command prompt (or PowerShell):

C:\> wmt

The first time you run this command, it will ask for a few configuration settings:

  1. Username - this should be the e-mail address that you use to login to the WEM Modeler.

  2. Template path - the location where the design templates are stored locally. An example location could be C:\WEM Design Templates or E:\Wem\DesignTemplates as used in examples below.

C:\> wmt
No configuration found.

Username: *************
Template path: E:\Wem\DesignTemplates

The configuration has been saved.

These settings can always be changed by running wmt config set:

C:\> wmt config set -?

  Alters the current configuration

  Wmt config set [options]

  -s, --server <server>  The hostname of the remote wmt server
  -u, --user <user>      The user which will be used to connect to the remote wmt server
  -p, --path <path>      The root directory in which all the master templates are stored
  -?, -h, --help         Show help and usage information


Before working with the WMT tool, you need to login to the remote server:

C:\> wmt login

It will prompt for a password. Use the same password that you use to login to the WEM modeler.

You can also explicitly logout of the server, using the wmt logout command.


Use -? with any command to show help and usage information

C:\> wmt -?
  WMT is a tool to manage WEM design templates

  Wmt [command] [options]

  --version       Show version information
  -?, -h, --help  Show help and usage information

  login       Logs in to the remote wmt server
  logout      Logs out from the remote wmt server
  version     Shows the version of this WMT command line interface


C:\> wmt config -?

  Wmt config [command] [options]

  -?, -h, --help  Show help and usage information

  show  Shows the current configuration
  set   Alters the current configuration

C:\> wmt config show
Server:     https://wmt.wem.io
User:       ******************
Path:       E:\Wem\DesignTemplates
Logged in:  yes


To get access to already existing custom Design Templates / Collections through the WMT Tool, WEM Support needs to explicitly link your account to the Design Template Collections.

This is NOT necessary if you want to work with existing Global Templates as a base for new custom templates > read Create a new Design Template from a Source Template

Please create a Support Ticket in MyWEM, requesting access to specific Custom Design Template Collections, make sure you specifically indicate the Custom Design Templates you need access to.

A collection is used to group multiple Design Templates and can be linked to Workspaces, to make the Design Templates available in WEM Modeler Projects within those Workspaces. To make a certain Collection available to projects in your workspace, you need to use the share command to create a token, then use that token in WEM Modeler > Manage Workspaces > Add Design Template Collection.

C:\> wmt collection -?

  Wmt collection [command] [options]

  -?, -h, --help  Show help and usage information

  list           Shows a list of existing template collections
  create <name>  Creates a new template collection
  share <name>   Creates a token to link the collection to workspace


C:\> wmt template -?

  Wmt template [command] [options]

  -?, -h, --help  Show help and usage information

  list             Shows a list of existing templates
  download <name>  Downloads an existing template from the server
  create           Create a new template
  pull             Pulls the latest version from the server
  push             Pushes the local changes to the server
  commit           Commit the changes on the server
  compare          Compares the local files with the version on the remote server
  autopush         Watches for file changes and automatically pushed the changes to the server

The list, download and create commands can work from any current folder, because they use the root-folder from the configuration and fully-qualified Design Template Names ("Collection\Template") in case of download and create.

All other commands MUST be executed from within the local folder of a specific Design Template, so make sure you use the Change Directory (cd) command to set your CLI into the correct Template Folder.

Create a new Design Template from a Source Template

 C:\> wmt template create -?
  Create a new template

  Wmt template create [options]

  -n, --name <name> (REQUIRED)      The name of the new template
  -s, --source <source> (REQUIRED)  The name of the source template
  -?, -h, --help                    Show help and usage information

To create a new Design Template, you always use an existing Design Template as source. A copy of all files and folders will be made with the new name.

The Names of the source and new Template should be like: -n "Collection Name\Template Name" -s "Collection Name\Template Name".

The available Global Templates can be used as source for your own new custom Templates. To get a list of all available Global Templates, use wmt template list --global:

E:\Wem\DesignTemplates> wmt template list --global
NAME                              CREATED             MODIFIED
Global\Corcovado                  31-5-2022 04:53:08  31-5-2022 04:53:08
Global\Customizable - Main        31-5-2022 04:53:08  31-5-2022 04:53:08
Global\Dashboard - Basic blue     31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Dashboard - Basic grey     31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Dashboard - Basic purple   31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Dashboard - Basic red      31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Dashboard - Dark and blue  31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Dashboard - Light          31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Default                    31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Foodz.nl                   31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Grand Canyon               31-5-2022 04:53:09  31-5-2022 04:53:09
Global\Mobile - Android           31-5-2022 04:53:10  31-5-2022 04:53:10
Global\Mobile - iOS               31-5-2022 04:53:10  31-5-2022 04:53:10
Global\Mont Blanc                 31-5-2022 04:53:10  31-5-2022 04:53:10
Global\Mont Forel                 31-5-2022 04:53:10  31-5-2022 04:53:10

Download design template

After creating the new Design Template you need to download it in order to start editing the template locally. You need to have a local copy of the Design Template before you can push or pull changes.

wmt template download "Collection Name\Template Name"

Pull and Push to synchronize files

To pull the latest version of a specific Design Template or push changes from your local folder to the WMT Server, you first need to set the current folder in your CLI tool.

E:\Wem\DesignTemplates\Collection\Template> wmt template pull
There were no changes

The push command updates the remote files with the local changes you made. This action will also perform a compile and control step to inform you of any faults that may be in the contents.

The push command will NOT update the Design Template in the WEM Modeler - for that final step you need to execute the commit command.


From within a local Design Template Folder, the WMT tool compares the local files to the server files and provides details on the files and lines which are different.


From within a local Design Template Folder, the commit action performs the final step to make your changes available to the WEM Modeler for Preview, and for the publish process to Staging and Live.


When you use the autopush command in a specific local Design Template folder, it will automatically trigger the push command when a local file has been changed and saved.

Last updated