Can I enable the sidebar?

I have a test site too, how can I enable it?

To enable it

cd /var/discourse
./launcher enter app
rails c

To disable it change the true to false.

After this you can enable the sidebar on the users settings /preferences/sidebar


Waiting for the host for the test site to see it, thanks!

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If anyone wants to test this nice experimental feature, this is now:


I had ran that command a bit ago and in 2.9.0beta8 it was taken away

once these two settings are set, the sidebar is toggled by clicking on the hamburger
(and I think they have to be reset after a rebuild)

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Just note that the sidebar isn’t yet ready for bug reports or feature requests. We’re still working on it quite actively.


hot cookie

hot cookie syndrome :sweat_smile:


These have now been moved into visible settings:



I love it!!! I especially love the Messages section, which is a great way to manage access to our group messages. And it is brilliant that existing Theme Components (e.g. Custom Hamburger Menu Links) work with it.

Are we now at Beta for it?


This is still true.

I’d recommend folks here to hold back until an announcement is made. Thanks!


thanks. Love it @Don

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Look forward sidebar will official soon. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I turned it off until a Review button gets added, but I do like it.

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Ah yes - that is rather important, eh? The nice little red alert on the hamburger menu isn’t there yet.

Feature Request

moved to:

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They aren’t taking feature requests for it right now.

I enabled the new user menu which is slightly broken when it comes to flags sadly, so I have to wait unt they open to feedback

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This has been sorted, and flags are well handled. We are enjoying playing with it in our staging site, but haven’t made it live yet.

Really looking forward to the offical move to Beta!

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Is there a review button by now? That’s the only thing we’re waiting for.

Sort of; there is a review list under the user avatar.

Have a play with it and let us know if it is usable!

It’s pretty nice to have.

The new user menu got disabled for me a bit ago (I had it bc of the FFlag, I’m guessing the PR “Enable new user menu when sidebar si enabled” overturned it), but I dont see it so I cant review.

Nevermind, it was enabled after refreshing multiple times.

I would prefer a “Review” button at the topic of it, besides nice! :+1: