The Pathauto module automatically generates URL/path aliases for various kinds of content (nodes, taxonomy terms, users) without requiring the user to manually specify the path alias. This allows you to have URL aliases like /category/my-node-title instead of /node/123. The aliases are based upon a "pattern" system that uses tokens which the administrator can change.

Drupal 8 Requirements

Drupal 7 Requirements

Known issues

Recommended modules

  • Redirect (D7, D8) when installed Pathauto will provide a new "Update Action" in case your URLs change. This is the recommended update action and is considered the best practice for SEO and usability.
  • Global Redirect (D7) ensures that your content is only visiable at the one, best URL possible (i.e. requests for node/2 are forwarded to "alias-for-node-2"). This is part of Redirect in D8.
  • Pathologic (untested, but may help with updating outdated links in existing content)
  • Sub-pathauto (D7) provides a way to use one alias for multiple URLs as long as the so that "node/1" is aliased to "about-my-site" then you can use "about-my-site/edit" to access "node/1/edit". Neat!
  • Transliteration (D7) is useful if your site is likely contain characters beyond ASCII 128 and you want them transliterated into ASCII 128. In Drupal 8, Pathauto uses the API provided by Drupal core.


Pathauto was originally written by mikeryan and maintained by Greg Knaddison (greggles). It is currently co-maintained by Frederik 'Freso' S. Olesen and Dave Reid.

The Drupal 8 version is maintained by Sascha Grossenbacher (Berdir).


#D7AX - I pledge to make this module as accessible as it can be. If you find any flaws, please submit an issue and tag it D7AX. Help me fix them if you can.

Supporting organizations: 
7.x-1.x maintenance, 8.x-1.x port and maintenance
8.x-1.x port and maintenance
8.x-1.x port

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