Last updated October 7, 2013. Created on April 14, 2011.
Edited by craig.norris, Screenack, Carolyn. Log in to edit this page.

Drupal includes installation profiles that control what's included as you get started. Select from either the Standard or the Minimal profile.

  • The Standard profile has several core modules enabled. It has more default configuration set up, including several default admin tools. This profile does more to show what core can do, and can save site building time by having defaults for common use cases.
  • The Minimal profile has only a few very basic modules installed. This profile is useful if you only want very specific features, or if it will take more work to undo the defaults provided with the Standard profile.


The following table lists the modules enabled by the Standard profile, as compared to the Minimal profile:

Modules enabled by profile
Module Minimal Standard
Block x x
Color x
Comment x
Contextual Links x
Dashboard x
Database Logging x x
Field x x
Field SQL storage x x
Field UI x
File x
Filter x x
Help x
Image x
List x
Menu x
Node x x
Number x
Options x
Overlay x
Path x
Search x
Shortcut x
System x x
Taxonomy x
Text x x
Toolbar x
User x x

Note: There are core modules not enabled in either profile, and those are not included in the table. It is correct to say that Database Logging and Block are the only two modules that are enabled in Minimal. The other modules are required by Drupal. Update Status depends on the user choosing updates during installation.


Content types

  • Minimal - There are no content types to start.
  • Standard - 2 premade content types, Basic Page, and Article
    • Basic Page - not promoted to front page, comments disabled, author and date not set to display, rdf mapping 'foaf:Document'
    • Article - a default taxonomy named "Tags" enabled. Set to display author and date info, comments enabled. Comes with an image field. The image field has an rdf mapping of 'og:image', 'rdfs:seeAlso' and the tags field has a rdf mapping of 'dc:subject'


  • Both - 4 default menus. The Navigation and Management menu blocks appear by default in Bartik's first sidebar, and the user menu is printed in the upper right.
  • Minimal - The menu module is not enabled. Menus cannot be added or edited under Structure > Menus until the Menu module is enabled.
  • Standard - Default home link in the Main Menu


  • Minimal - The default Bartik theme has the following blocks enabled:
    • System help in the Help section
    • Main page content in the Content section
    • Navigation, User login, and Management in the Sidebar first section
  • Standard - The default Bartik theme has the following blocks enabled:
    • System help in the Help section
    • Main page content in the Content section
    • Search, Navigation, User login in the Sidebar first section
    • Powered by Drupal in the Footer


  • Minimal - Bartik is the default theme and the default admin theme
  • Standard
    • Bartik is the default theme
    • Seven is set as the admin theme, and set to appear when editing or creating content
    • Global and Bartik initial theme settings are the same.


Account settings

  • Minimal - No default roles, and no default admin role
  • Standard - There is a default role for administrator, who is set as the default admin role. User pictures are enabled.

Text formats

  • Minimal - One text format: Plain text (default with Drupal)
  • Standard - Three text formats: Plain text, Full HTML, and Filtered HTML


  • Minimal - Image module is disabled
  • Standard - Three default styles: thumbnail, medium, and large

Database tables installed

  • Minimal - 48 tables installed in the database
  • Standard - 73 tables installed in the database

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jonto’s picture


I'm working from a clean install of Drupal 7. I get through most of the steps, but the Install Profile progress bar never displays, and therefore the install can't complete. Any advice?


vasan.85’s picture

I have created an installation profile.I have given that to my clients.
The product needs my monitoring so what i need to do is, I need to have an product key.
My installation have to get completed after the activation key entered.
Can i do it using an hook form alter,ie after installing of all modules completed i will
hook a form from my module ,
I will have a key in my db and i will check the same.
Is it possible,Is there any other way please help me.
I think this can be easily achieved in drupal

magendiran’s picture

Great, thanks.