Update: Drupal 6.0 Beta 2 is available now!

After eight months of development, we are proud to announce the release of the first beta version of the Drupal 6.x family. This beta includes a tremendous number of new features and new programming APIs for both users and developers. We improved Drupal's human language related features, interoperability with databases, logging solutions, sign-on systems and also included an update notification module for improved security, so it becomes easier than ever to get up to date with the latest security and bug fixes.

It is important to note that this beta version should not be used for production sites. We've resolved most errors reported so far, but there are outstanding known issues and most likely some problems that have not been reported as of yet. It is expected that there will be at least one more beta version followed by at least one release candidate before Drupal 6.0 is finalized. You can help us reach the final release date sooner by testing this beta and providing feedback.

What's new, what's changed?

The new Drupal 6 experience starts with the installer, which has been drastically improved. It now guides you through the initial setup steps, so starting a new Drupal site is significantly easier. Configuration parameters that used to be all over the place are now prompted for during the install so there are fewer steps necessary to get the site configured.
You will notice the improved language features as well, in both the installer and throughout using Drupal. Right to left (RTL) languages are now supported, interface translations are automatically imported, and you can translate your posts right from the built-in interface, without installing additional modules.
The OpenID client module has been added to core. This allows your users to sign on your site with their OpenID accounts.
Actions and triggers
A new Trigger module has been added to core. The Trigger module lets you assign flexible configurable actions to several events happening on your site (eg. send an email when a post gets published).
Update status
The highly popular Update status module is now in core. This informs you about the latest bug fix and security updates for modules and themes enabled on your site, so you can always keep your site secure and clean.
Menu system
The menu system was rewritten from scratch, making it much more efficient. The menu interface is nearly identical so aside from the performance improvements, you will only notice the underlying changes if you are a programmer.
Theming has been made more flexible and easier by moving most of PHPTemplate engine deeper into core. Default template files (.tpl.php) can now be implemented by modules and a handful have already been converted. If you don't like the way something looks, just find the .tpl file, copy it to your theme, and change the HTML.
Book and Forum changes
The book module and forum module have been reworked from the ground up: it is now possible to have any type of content in forums (polls for example) and the book administration is simplified.

Lots of smaller touches are included in this release. Just to name a few improvements, Drupal 6 has password strength checking, post teasers are much easier to define and table headers are sticky for easy vertical scrolling. We also took a lot of care to improve the performance of this release: more data is cached, JavaScript files are aggregated, less PHP code is loaded for each page request, and so on.

More information about changes in this beta version is available in the CHANGELOG.txt file.

Contributed modules and themes

Contributed module and theme authors should start porting their modules and porting their themes to Drupal 6. As some of the authors are waiting for the release to stabilize, you might not find a Drupal 6 version of the contributed module(s) you would like to test this new Drupal beta with. Likewise, many translators have not even started the porting process, because the exact Drupal interface string might still change (to improve usability). Feel free to try with existing Drupal 5 translation packages (although you would not be able to enjoy our automatic import feature, because Drupal 5 translations are in a different package format).

Updating from previous versions

Traditionally, Drupal has taken great care of your data, so our 6.0 upgrade process should be as perfect as possible. We invite you to test updates to this beta release with data from a Drupal 5.x database. Direct updates from Drupal 4.6 and 4.7 are not supported, you need to take an intermediate version and update to that first. Always make backups of your data and never do testing on your live site to make sure you keep all of your information intact even if something goes wrong.

Reporting issues

When testing this beta version you might find issues which were already reported. Please search for existing issues first before submitting a new bug report. If you can't find the exact issue you experience in the Issue Queue then feel free to open a new report and provide us as much information as possible to fix the issue. Include the exact error message, anything you have done which may lead to the issue and so on. Drupal 6 bugs can be submitted in our issue tracker.

Download the beta

Download the Drupal 6.0 beta 1 package. Installation instructions are included in the package; see the INSTALL.txt file for more information.

We hope you enjoy testing this new beta, and await the final release with as much anticipation as we do.


brenda003’s picture

Awesome work. Thanks to everyone who put so many hours of work into this, you guys are great. Really looking forward to testing out some of the new features!

JohnForsythe’s picture

Indeed, triggers sound very useful. But perhaps the most interesting feature will be the improved performance and caching..

I'm going to give this a run through as soon as I get home. :)

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Bullworker’s picture

I've been using Drupal for a few months now and am constantly amazed at the features of this fantastic CMS. I'm downloading v6 as I type this and will be developing our new company website with this version in mind... it's going to take a while so (fingers crossed) the full version will be out by the time I'm finished typing content.

Thanks to one and all who contributed!

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gunwitch’s picture

New features list looks great! Can't wait for a stable release!
Just downloaded the package, and created new subdomain to test Drupal 6 on it right now :)

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v1nce’s picture

Fabulous work! I especially look forward to testing the performance enhancements. Congrats to the Drupal community.
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themegarden.org’s picture

Looking forward to D6 release. Are you willing to share your test results on performance enhancements?

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gopher’s picture

Drupal just keeps getting better and better!

Will it be easier or harder to upgrade modules compared to the 4.7 -> 5.x switch?

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borfast’s picture

Great news! And great work, everyone! Thanks for all your work. Now I can get to translating D6 into Portuguese :)

Just a tiny note about the announcement: it's supposed to be "easier than ever" and not "easier then ever". ;)


zemote’s picture

Just setup a Drupal 6 demo site: http://test.zemote.com/drupal6/

Enjoy for the users that want to check it out but don't want to install it.

Play nice please.


nimazuk’s picture

thanks for the demo site, but i think the main features come with the admin role, so i go run a D6.

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Michelle’s picture

If you are a maintainer, please add the status of your port (even if it's just intentions) to the Contributed Module Status group.



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Walt Esquivel’s picture

Thanks Michelle!

Yes, as Michelle mentioned, there is an informal list of plans for contributed modules being ported to 6.x.. The list consists of informal guesstimates by contributors.

ANYONE can easily make updates because each list was created on a wiki page! EVERYONE is encouraged to contribute updates. Simply click on the "Edit" tab (you should see 3 tabs on the list - View, Edit, and Revisions) and then fill in the proper columns with information that others using the drupal.org and groups.drupal.org sites can depend upon. Please be as accurate as possible. You don't necessarily need to be a maintainer - if you have accurate knowledge on a contributed module, please share it with the Drupal community. ANYONE and EVERYONE can contribute to this effort.

Thanks in advance for any contributions!!!

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momendo’s picture

Thanks for the status page Walt. A suggestion, it would be nice if the status column said: Not started, In progress, Complete. Then add follow up with a detail reason. Its status of each project seems to be a cloudy mess of uhh, yeah it's done, uhh we're waiting for XXXX, etc. Maybe we can promote this page with the help of Webchick to its own official book page?

sepeck’s picture

Michelle did this last time and it proved useful, however it is transitory information that at some near point in time will just cease being relevant. Either a groups wiki page or a forum page is good.

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Walt Esquivel’s picture

@momendo - thanks for your comment. I pretty much leave it up to anyone contributing to Contributed modules status - version 6.x to decide how much or how little info they want to share with the Drupal community. ANYONE can add helpful, valid, current info and updates. The info doesn't necessarily have to come from the respective module's maintainer.

Steven wrote:

Either a groups wiki page or a forum page is good.

I completely agree with his comment. That's why an "official book page" wouldn't, IMO, be a good solution; the info changes too fast and it needs to be as straightforward, uncluttered, and concise as possible.

So, in order to accomplish this and diminish the info from becoming outdated and irrelevant, a group wiki page is utilized. The idea is that, in order to attempt and provide a current status on the hundreds and hundreds of contributed modules and keeping in mind the fact that not all maintainers will post info on their respective modules, folks such as you, me, and anyone reading this should be able to edit the wiki page with relevant info. In essence, the wiki page becomes a true community project. The goal of the wiki page is to provide a centralized, high level, bird's-eye view of, hopefully, all the contributed modules without having to click on hundreds of links to search for answers.

By the way, if anyone reading this would like to contribute to the status of contributed modules found on the wiki page, by all means please help yourself. :) If you use, say, 5-10 contributed modules quite extensively and you see some of those modules not listed on the wiki page, ask the respective module's maintainer if s/he could add an entry with a short status line. If you don't get a response, then take the initiative to add the module(s) and include the latest status you can find by searching drupal.org and groups.drupal.org. If everyone helps out a little bit, the results will be impressive.

With your post to the wiki page, everyone benefits and your contribution will be GREATLY appreciated.

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karunadave’s picture

I am very interested to learn what module is used to create this Wiki. Please could you let us know?

I am so pleased with Drupal. I used it for several Healing, education and Buddhist site. My dream is to be able to provide the basis for the very rich, dynamic and productive online community that is Drupal, for these altruistic organizations.

Thanks very much.

Walt Esquivel’s picture

There use to be an actual wiki module but it appears to never have been updated for Drupal 5.x.

I'm not sure what's being used for the wiki page functionality over on groups.drupal.org. Maybe the Liquid Wiki Engine Project? Does anyone know?

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sepeck’s picture

It's just a cck content type with revisions turned on by default, permissions set approriately and diff module. You could do this with story or page content type as well.

Pretty much stock Drupal stuff for a while now except for diff module.

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Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

The groups.drupal.org wiki consists of:

- ad a simple story-like content type, no CCK required
- turn on revision tracking (to be able to view changes)
- install diff module (for the change views)
- install "markdown with smartypants" module (for wiki like markup)

But let's stop this here now, and move elsewhere if you are interested. This post is about Drupal 6 beta 1, and we are offtopic.

JirkaRybka’s picture

It took me *QUITE* a while to figure out, how to login on groups.drupal.org: You just need to append '@drupal.org' to your regular username valid here.

Amazon’s picture

Congratulations to Gabor and the entire Drupal core development community. Last year we conducted a survey of 2000 Drupal administrators and determined there were three difficult problems with Drupal.

1)Theming a page layout - this is now easier with Panels 2.
2)Theming the output of integrated modules - With Drupal 6 theme improvements this is much easier.
3)Theming sections of your website, e.g. by content type such as blogs, business unit areas on the site. - With Drupal 5 this should be much easier.

You've done a great job making this much easier and I am confident tens of thousands of site developers will be thrilled with all of your new efforts.


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momendo’s picture

And I'd like to conduct a survey for the three most difficult problems with Civicspace.

1) Developer Documentation
2) Code samples with common use cases for theming and querying the civicrm modules
3) Better integration with Drupal. (Configurable blocks, integration with Views and CCK)


Amazon’s picture

I suspect you are looking support on CiviCRM, not CivicSpace.


Try forums.civicrm.org, #civicrm on freenode, or the civicrm developers mailing list.

You might want to try the civinode module by Rob Thorne and look for other civicrm modules hosted on Drupal.org.

Your contributions would be welcome.


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hass’s picture

#3 Do you know about Sections module?

Amazon’s picture

Hi, the issue of theme sections first came to my attention, when I discovered that the greatest number of comments in the Drupal handbook were related to theme sections. I initially thought sections module was the answer as well.

I wrote this page to learn more about the issue: http://drupal.org/node/23348

In Drupal 5 this seems to be the preferred method: http://drupal.org/node/104316

Thanks for raising the issue, I am not sure why sections module does not fully meet everyone's needs but as I understand it there is significant opportunities to address these problems in Durpal 6.


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webchick’s picture

This is great news!!

Congrats to Gábor and the rest of the core developers! This is a huge milestone for you as a core committer, and the rest of us as a project. :) Great work!!

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TheRec’s picture

Thanks for all this work. Now it's time for some testing :)

soupp’s picture

Great! Will use it starting today for new projects.

Excellent job guys! Thank you!

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drupalina’s picture

I have a question.
I have a live site which runs on 5.2 and a whole bunch of additional modules. I launched it 2 months ago and already have 40 users. I'm assuming that by the time 6.1 is released I would have few hundreds of users and also quite a lot of content.
The big quistion is .... Will it be possible to upgrade from 5.2 to 6.1 without loosing any of the users and their content????

bjaspan’s picture

Upgrading Drupal core from 5.2 to 6 will work. You should definitely back up your database first, of course. I also suggest trying to test the upgrade process during Drupal 6's beta period and submitting bug reports for any problems you find.

Upgrading Drupal contrib modules from 5 to 6 will depend on the contrib module author. The major modules will presumably work fine though again beta-period testing is warranted. Note that not all contrib modules will get ported to D6 at the same time nor even necessary before Drupal 6.0 is released.

BioALIEN’s picture

As bjaspan mentioned, a full upgrade path will be provided for Drupal core. This does not include 3rd party modules you have installed/developed. When the time comes, a comprehensive upgrade path will be provided.

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marafa’s picture

i just upgraded all my 4.7.6 sites to 5.2 just yesterday!
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BioALIEN’s picture

This is only Beta 1. It will take many more months for Drupal 6 to hit Gold. Furthermore, it will take many more months after Gold for module authors to port their work over to D6.

I encourage you to continue with what you have at present.

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oweowe’s picture

I have trouble to migrate from 4.7's flexinode to CCK. Would you help me on this?

bradlis7’s picture

This isn't the place to ask support questions. Search first, then ask in the forums.

Try http://drupal.org/project/flexiconvert

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Caleb G2’s picture

...in the post or in the changelog. This seems like a substantial omission from the perspective of community sites (e.g., sites with lots of logged in users) which will see a very large performance bump in Drupal 6.

Based on my benchmarks of several weeks ago Drupal 6 was 64.7% faster than Drupal 5 for users that are logged in. I know that there were several performance type improvements committed since that time. Drupal 6, among other things, is a performance release.

Upon further review I discover this buried at the end of the post:

We also took a lot of care to improve the performance of this release: more data is cached, JavaScript files are aggregated, less PHP code is loaded for each page request, and so on.

Not very specific or exciting for something that I think a lot of people would have at the top of their list of interests....but in any case - huzzah, Drupal 6!


momendo’s picture

There's some mention of the performance improvements under the CHANGELOG.txt If you think the exact speed difference should be mentioned, that would be the place, then provide a patch.

lovedrupal2007’s picture

Warning: Unknown column 'serialized' in 'field list' query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache WHERE cid = 'variables' in /includes/database.mysql.inc on line 159

momendo’s picture

Please file a bug report. Errors like this do no one any good as a floating comment.

Sophia’s picture

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BlueSnow’s picture

Excellent job guys! Thank you!

Amix’s picture

Great work! hope all the best for Drupal6 :)

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marius.s’s picture

Migrating from Drupal v4.7 to v5 I have encountered a lot of problems with a different implementation of Safe mode. Even with 777 permissions some modules and part of drupal's core can not write to disk.

Does Drupal 6 use v4.7 or v5 style of safe mode approach?

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tatar111’s picture

Great !

chx’s picture

and will be removed from PHP 6. If the PHP authors think that's so then you can hardly expect us to bother with it. Switch providers if yours uses that.
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bpocanada’s picture

Super effort! We have been busy migrating 4.x sites ( 4.6, 4.7) to Drupal 5.2.
Time to upgrade the modules we maintain to Drupal 6 and release it to the community.
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jason342’s picture

I installed drupal 6.0 to take a look around and noticed there wasn't a core forum module. Has the forum module been dropped in drupal 6 as a core module?

I run a forum on my 5.2 site, what would happen to my forum when the time comes to upgrade from 5.x to 6.0? Will I lose the forum since it's not a core module in Drupal 6.0?

I also noticed there wasn't a Poll module.

Michelle’s picture

I haven't tried the beta, yet, but I know for sure forum wasn't dropped and I'm pretty sure poll wasn't, etiher. So there's something goofy with your install.


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sepeck’s picture

Both Forum and Poll modules are in. They are also specifically mentioned in the announcement.

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allaboutlinux’s picture

One thing I would really like to see in the upcoming Drupal 6.0 is one click upgrade feature where by you can upgrade your site from one version of Drupal to the next version by logging in as administrator and clicking a link.

Other than that, I would like to see a few modules being included in the default download package of drupal. Them being :

global redirect
related links and
tinymce or fckeditor or some other WYSIWYG editor.

Congratulations for the new Drupal beta 6.0 and looking forward to the stable final release of Drupal 6.0

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Wysiwyg editors won't be part of Drupal core unless there is a solid API module that handles integration of any editor.



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Chris Gillis’s picture

Lovin that new install process!

One weird thing:

Drupal 6.0-beta1---------------Update available
Recommended version:---------6.x-dev (2007-Sep-15)

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Well, you are using a development version, and beta 1 is not much different then the -dev versions (except the error reporting level, it is just a development snapshot), so it might be logical that the system suggest you a newer snapshot. It is probably debatable still.

dww’s picture

FYI: it's usually not a good idea to report problems as random comments on posts like this, since it's only by random luck that I happened to notice this.

Core's update.module should never recommend a development release if there's *any* official release you could be using instead, even if it's only a beta. Turns out that the .xml file for the release history for 6.x core was messed up due to an anomaly in the d.o database for the 6.x-dev snapshot release. Once I repaired the DB and the .xml file, if you re-check for available updates, you'll now see that 6.0-beta1 is the recommended version for core.


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Paul Natsuo Kishimoto’s picture

Drupal works with error reporting set to E_ALL.


apt94jesse’s picture

Installed my own sandbox for version 6, so far it feels great.

I've been on for about 15 minutes now, so here are a few things I really like.

The Installer: Before I tried it I thought "the old installer worked fine, any improvements will be unnecessary." I was wrong. The ability to add an admin account and password is really cool. Also the enabling of cleanurls at the offset of a site is really helpful.

Creating nodes: The "split at cursor" function is cool. I also really like the individual node comment controls.

More good stuff to come, I'm sure.

PettyRider’s picture

I'm also happy to see the new teaser handling. Way too much time and work was required to duplicate this functionality with CCK and theming. I'm concerned, however, about how TinyMCE is going to integrate with this method? I suppose it could maintain a DIV/Macro with the teaser and highlight it in the editor, and then sort it out after it's posted.

GiorgosK’s picture

Have not been around for some time, but can't wait to install and test all those new improvements in it.

Can't also wait to test the new Multilingual features

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litwol’s picture

How did you make that quicklinks box?

Sometimes something interesting appears on http://litwol.com

Gábor Hojtsy’s picture

Plain old HTML content with manually assembled list of links.

chadcross’s picture

Thanks everyone. This is great news. Keep up the good work.

janwari’s picture

This is really great news. Thanks to all the contributors of D6.
Considering the improvements in themeing, menu system, performance etc, the final version will surely be the most anticipated release of Drupal. It definately will be Drupal++ :)

apt94jesse’s picture

I'm really excited about the triggers/actions integration, but am I missing extra actions? I'm only getting actions under the first "content" option. The rest are unselectable, even though the events in the first option seem valid actions for the other options.

Am I missing something, is this a bug, or what?

Also, is anyone else getting a "new version of drupal" alert? I updated using the link available and it still says I'm not using the latest version.

Keep up the good work everyone, its going to be the best yet.

xmacinfo’s picture

It's normal to receive these alerts. There is no Drupal 6b1 branch. As soon as 6b1 was released, the branch tag returned to 6.x-dev to continue development.

So the update status module right now sees 6.x-dev as the most recent version.

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pamphile’s picture

Thank you for the great work guys

hsalazar’s picture

Thanks to everbody involved. This seems a very solid product. So far, I've only found a couple of things worth asking/mentioning (don't know if they're enough to file an issue). First, the filter definition seems broken. Second, the text strings within the .info files apparently are not being read by the translating system. I've found no way to translate them using Drupal's interface, as they're not even in the exported .po file.

By the way, in a day at most I'll have ready a spanish translation (formal, mexican style) of the core string set.

Again, congratulations. This is a release that will have many of us learning for quite a while. :D


hsalazar’s picture

For those few brave souls wanting a Spanish formal translation of this release, please read Spanish strings for Drupal 6.0 beta 1

newbie2drupal’s picture

great work.

alexrayu’s picture

I've been trying Drupal 6 from the early dev versions - and it's been getting samrter and samrter!
Simply can't wait to see it released! Cool! Lots of thanks to the Developers! Yeah!
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yasheshb’s picture

with the performance improvements this will be a highly recommended
upgrade in the near future for our clients.

i also had a question on the advanced search for the issues queue (i wanted to help
by setting up a test enviromnent for 6.0 beta1 and testing patches).

to find the untested issues for 6.0 beta1 i did the following

1 - http://drupal.org/project/issues/search/drupal
Search params are
Versions: 6.0-beta1
Status: patch (code needs review)

2 - click on search button (get only 2 results)

did i mess up in my search for untested patches for 6.0-beta1 ?


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JirkaRybka’s picture

I think you should search for 6.x-dev - this is the one where development is running.

Drupal_’s picture

Can't believe it was 5.x just a little while ago and now 6.x .. Drupal growing 2fast on steroids??
Congrats all for the hard work!!

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Joe Matthew’s picture

This is absolutely awesome. I cannot wait to see the new flexible theming enhancements!



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plach’s picture

wow, I'll be testing this as soon as I get home!


slayerment’s picture

I love it! I'm looking forward to getting all my sites switched over to the version 6 platform. It looks like another round of excellent improvements. Go Drupal!

Mavros Gatos’s picture

When do you expect to release Drupal 6 beta?

jason342’s picture

I also would like to know this too.

Is it going to be another Jan 15 release? In time for Drupal's birthday?

sepeck’s picture

When it's ready.

As it says, you can help by testing and reporting bugs through the process mentioned in the announcement which will help it reach this quality status sooner.

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manifold’s picture

I'm going to test it on my blog shortly. As it becomes stable!

dvessel’s picture

I absolutely love this release. It's not apparent now but the new theming system (thanks to the new theme registry.) will allow themers to see which theming hook and where it's being generated right inside the page layout. i.e. mouse over a section of the page and get a popup of what generated it.

It still needs work but it should be available with devel.module in the near future.

I think this will be a huge leap forward for themers.

MacRonin’s picture

Now that does sound interesting. I knew that some improvements had been in the Theming code, but hadn't realized this possibility. Cool ... This along with improved multi-language support and some performance enhancements will make me a happy camper :-)

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ssace’s picture

This is a great feature....almost like Firefox's inspect element feature.

Great work and congrats to the Drupal community.

xmacinfo’s picture

Firefox's inspect element is a Firebug feature.

I agree, Drupal is the Firefox of CMS.

figaro’s picture

This discussion raised a question with me: Firebug is the must have for all developers using Firefox and Firefox is the must have for all internet surfers. When will Drupal become the killer app for portals? Almost all killer apps haven't been the pioneers, but simply the better version of something that already existed. And Drupal certainly has the potential.

bwynants’s picture

nightly build of safari have a similar feature build in! http://webkit.opendarwin.org/

luyendao’s picture

Seems like just yesterday 5.2 came out...and i was already amazed by the improvements there. Thank you to everyone who works on the core improvements and the release of 6.0, and heck, any version of Drupal...it is really open source community at its best!

I'm sure one day Drupal will move to php5, object-oriented, i hope they do, just to ensure the future longevity of a great community!

Ev0’s picture

How does the performance compare from 5.2 if all the users are not logged in? Is there any easy way to create a test environment on my machine, if I haven't installed anything yet? i.e. something like a virtual server.

xmacinfo’s picture

Yes, you can install your own server on your computer to develop web sites and web applications. In fact, this is the recommend way to do.

On the Mac install MAMP or MAMP Pro (better by cost a few dollars).

On PC I guess XAMPP would do it.

On some Linux installation, the server is already installed.

tonyn’s picture

This page in the handbook will help guide you through getting a local environment set up on your PC. =]

Brent H’s picture

Beta 6 looks great and seems like what I need for a business site my father and I are putting together. Great work, you should be proud :)

Robardi56’s picture

I'm running php 4.4.4 and mysql 4.1.13 .

Will I lose some features of Drupal 6 (in particular in the case of block caching) with these versions of PHP and MYSQL comparated to 5.xx versions of both ?


compiler’s picture

Wow, great work and thanks to everyone, that works on this project.

suryanto’s picture

Congratulation, installation steps has become much more user friendly then before. Thanks.

rainer_f’s picture

Tanks for the new version. I am sure it was a real big bunch of work.
I'll try the beta on a redesign of one of my community sites and will give feedback as soon as possible!

ssace’s picture

Hopefully the Flat Forum module will update to work with 6.0. Has anyone tested this
module yet?

Michelle’s picture

That would take someone stepping up to do it...


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mcsolas’s picture


I was just wondering if this has been addressed in the new release?

going to check it out now.

sepeck’s picture

That is a link to an issue with a contributed module. Not Drupal core.

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somebodyspamme’s picture

Great work everybody. Thanks for all your efforts. :)

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fschaap’s picture

I just made a fresh XAMPP install (1.6.3a on Windows).

Created 2 DBs with PHPmyadmin (d5 and d6) and copied Drupal 5.2 in directory "localhost/d5" and Drupal 6 in "localhost/d6".

I ran the install script for Drupal 5, everything went well, Drupal 5 installed and functioned correctly.

I ran the install script for Drupal 6, it installed fine, then showed me the "Welcome to your new Drupal website" page... and then, every link I click on that page redirects me back to the root of localhost.

If I hover over the link, it shows up correctly as, for example, "http://localhost/d6/admin" but if I click that link, it just sends me to "http://localhost/xampp"

I deleted the DB, deleted all files in /d6 and redid the whole install. Same problem.

I went into sites/default/settings.php and changed the base_url, same problem.

I installed Drupal 6 beta-1 in the root... problem solved.

I checked the issue list, but couldn't find any reference to this problem. Can anyone corroborate my findings? If it's a proper issue, I can file it.

fschaap’s picture

Will do

drupalista’s picture

This is not a Drupal issue - you have to activate the mod_rewrite Apache module, which is by default disabled with XAMPP, at least with 1.63a.

Go to xampp/apache/conf/httpd.conf and remove the # from the beginning of line 118 and save the file. Do not forget to restart apache after this change.

After this clean_urls will work.

But in fact drupal says "your server is ok for clean_urls" on XAMPP also with mod_rewrite DISabled, so this maybe a minor error.

Drupal 6 BTW very promising, thanks for the nice work!!!

Rosamunda’s picture


Specially for the new stuff available in the "theming" area :)

But I´ve not found yet anything about the profiles.

Is that because the profile system haven´t been modified (I mean a way to avoid using extra modules to create much flexible profiles, as ie. nodeprofile) or because I haven´t found the stuff yet? (It probably is out there, right before my nose).

Don´t get me wrong, the nodeprofile module is awsome! I´m using it in my sites, but wouldn´t it be even better to get that stuff in the core? Getting Drupal create profiles as nodes?

Thanks again for this AWSOME work!

Buenos Aires | Argentina

Michelle’s picture

My understanding is that there is no significant change to the core profile module in 6.x. There is talk about making it compatable with CCK fields but not making them into nodes in some future version. That requires more of CCK getting into core, first.


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Rosamunda’s picture

It would be very interesting to asimilate profiles to cck, or maybe make them compatible with cck fields!
Anyway, it seems like there are other priorities at the moment... and anyway, we still have usernodes!! :)

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