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Administration menu (back-end) for Drupal

Provides a theme-independent administration interface (aka. navigation, back-end). It's a helper for novice users coming from other CMS, a time-saver for site administrators, and useful for developers and site builders.

Administrative links are displayed in a CSS/JS-based menu at the top on all pages of your site. It not only contains regular menu items — tasks and actions are also included, enabling fast access to any administrative resource your Drupal site provides.

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Behaviour and Integration

  • Works in all themes and all browsers.
  • Exposes all administration links including all tabs/tasks and actions to provide direct access to any page.
  • Extensible with add-on features by other modules. Devel integration is built-in.
  • Themeable administration menu icon.
  • (3.x only) Implements client-side caching to minimize server-side performance impact.
  • (7.x-3.x only) Exposes links to individual configuration items (e.g., content types, menus, views, etc.) including their contextual links.

Related modules

  • For Drupal 8: the Admin Toolbar provides an admin_menu-like experience with core's toolbar.
  • This module is intended for administrative users, not for regular/anonymous users. Try SimpleMenu, Nice Menus, or DHTML Menu.


  • Read the documentation.
  • Grant the "access administration menu" and "access administration pages" user permissions to selected roles.
  • Drupal 6 only:
    • The "Administer" menu link must be enabled, but may reside in a different menu than "Navigation".
    • Ensure your theme outputs $closure. If the menu does not appear, consult the README.txt first.


for 7.x-3.x: Read documentation · Read complete log of changes
for 6.x-3.x: Read documentation · Read complete log of changes


Current maintainers:

This project has been sponsored by:

Drupal core bugs preventing a stable 6.x-3.x release

#296693: Hide empty admin categories
#550254: Menu links are sometimes not properly re-parented
#566094: menu_tree_data() doesn't build proper hierarchy
#631550: Stale + improper logic for MENU_VISIBLE_IN_TREE and MENU_VISIBLE_IN_BREADCRUMB

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