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User and Builder Guides

Understanding Drupal

Learn about Drupal concepts, technology stack, terminology, and resources.

Installation Guide

Install Drupal and its contributed modules and themes. Run multiple sites from one installation. Migrate from other content management systems and address platform issues.

Administration & Security Guide

Manage users and content, perform backups and upgrades, secure your site, tweak performance, etc. Audience: System and site administrators

Structure Guide

Work with content types, blocks, menus, views, panels, taxonomy, user profiles, and navigation. Audience: information architects

Site Building Guide

Add functionality and features such as e-commerce, forums, media, search, geographic data, dates, workflow, messaging, forms, social networking, etc. Audience: site builders, developers and business architects

Multilingual Guide

How to build sites in other languages and multi-language sites. Audience: site builders, site administrators

Theming Guide

Customize the interface using templates, CSS, etc. Override the output from core or contributed modules. Audience: designers, usability and accessibility professionals, interface experts

Mobile Guide

How to build sites to support mobile devices. Audience: site builders, site administrators, designers

Developer Guides

Develop for Drupal

Work with the API, JavaScript, and databases. Learn the Drupal coding standards.

API Reference

Search the complete Drupal API including forms, menus, node access, theme system, etc.

Git documentation

Use git for version control to manage projects and code, and to colloborate with other Drupal developers.

User Interface Standards

Use style and pattern guides for user interface text, and improve usability.

Examples for Developers

Examine a standard repository of sample modules that can be used to learn module development, or are referenced on handbook pages.

Other Information


Find definitions of Drupal terminology and acronyms.

Code snippets

Reuse chunks of Drupal code that people have shared with the community.


Identify and solve problems with servers, page display, permissions, logins, etc.


Learn about documentation, licensing, the Drupal Association, community, etc.

Tutorials and recipes

Find miscellaneous information contributed by other Drupal users.

Drupal Books

There are many useful books about Drupal. Here are just a few of our recommendations:

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