At the moment of this question, I am using:

  • Drupal 8.1.3
  • Panels 8.x-3.0-beta4
  • Page Manager 8.x-1.0-alpha23
  • Layout plugin 8.x-1.0-alpha22

I am having difficulties replicating what was easy with Drupal 7, and I am not sure if the reason is simply that the ports of Panels and Page Manager are still incomplete, or that the approach has changed and I am not getting it.

In Drupal 7, you could create panels, and insert content into panes: Drupal 7, adding content to pane

You could really add anything into a pane.

In Drupal 8, it looks like I can only add blocks: enter image description here

What I want to achieve is being able to override a basic page (I'm overriding /node/{node}), and for example have a simple 1-column layout to display:

          <node title>

           <block 1>

          <node body>

           <block 2>

It could be more complex than that of course.

So, back to my question: is it just a matter of waiting for a complete port of Panels, or am I missing something?

1 Answer 1


It looks like you've forgotten to install one of the modules that implement panels.

From: drupal.org/project/panels

Panels in Drupal 8

We’re actively working on Panels for Drupal 8 which works with the new layout_plugin module and mainly is an interface to configure and store these layouts.

Panels is an API in Drupal 8

In order to use panels, you must use an implementing module. Currently, Page Manager and Panelizer implement panels.

If you’re interested in following the Drupal 8 port in detail, follow #2169319: [meta] Drupal 8 port of Panels in the issue queue OR join us on IRC every Tuesday at 12 noon CDT (UCT-0500) in the #drupal-scotch channel for our weekly meetings.

  • 2
    Installing Panelizer does indeed add More items to the list.
    – cornuz
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 14:36

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