Last updated December 25, 2014. Created on March 8, 2011.
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This section of the Drupal documentation covers distributions, which can be searched and downloaded from the Drupal distributions section of Download and Extend.

What are distributions?

Distributions are full copies of Drupal that include Drupal Core, along with additional software such as themes, modules, libraries, and installation profiles. There are two main types of Drupal distributions:

Full-featured distributions
All-inclusive products: complete solutions for specialized use cases.
Other distributions
Quick-start tools: starting points for developers and site builders.

With a 'full-featured' distribution, you can quickly and easily set up a site for a specialized purpose such as academic, business, government, nonprofit, publishing, social, etc., in few steps:

  1. Choose your Drupal distribution. You can search on the Distributions page (Download & Extend), which is all-inclusive, or use this list of several specific distributions. Look at any System requirements of your distribution.
  2. Install it on your web server. See the Installation Guide and there the System requirements, and specifically, the Using an installation profile section. You must download the release archive. If you checkout the profile from version control, you will have the profile, but not the dependencies.
  3. Configure it and enable the desired features from your website's Administer section. See the Administration Guide.

Additional resources

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.