This module will allow Drupal to replace textarea fields with the CKEditor - a visual HTML editor, usually called a WYSIWYG editor. This HTML text editor brings many of the powerful WYSIWYG editing functions of known desktop editors like Word to the web. It's very fast and doesn't require any kind of installation on the client computer.

What is CKEditor?

CKEditor is the far superior successor of FCKeditor. The editor has been rebranded and completely rewritten. It is now much faster (the code has been optimized), loads faster (the number of files has been reduced, so the browser will perform less HTTP requests) and developers friendly.

Useful links

Some features of the CKEditor module:

  • ready to use plugins and buttons for <!--break-->and <!--pagebreak--> tags
  • support for external file browsers, like CKFinder, IMCE
  • CKEditor Link support for easily create links to Drupal internal paths
  • CKEditor SWF support for enhance functionality of Flash embedding plugin
  • Linkit support for internal linking to nodes, users, views and terms using an autocomplete field
  • each user may have it's own configuration (choose skin, toolbar, language, default state of CKEditor, etc.)
  • and much more!

Who's using CKEditor?

Here is just a small list of people, projects and sites that are using CKEditor today.


The fastest way to start using CKEditor module in Drupal 7 is to follow the Quick Start Guide.

In case of any issues, make sure to check the troubleshooting section

Note for CKEditor 4.1+ users

If you are using CKEditor 4.1+, you may need to adjust Advanced Content Filter settings. You can do this by editing the CKEditor profiles and going to the Advanced Content Filter section, where it is possible to disable ACF completely as well as set "Extra allowed content".

Check the documentation about CKEditor 4 to learn more about Advanced Content Filter.

Additional information

Browser compatibility

 Internet Explorer 8+, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera

Required components

To use CKEditor in Drupal, you may need to download CKEditor (the library which this module relies on). This would not be necessary starting from version 7.x-1.14 (not released yet - 24 April, 2014), where the installation has been simplified and CKEditor from official CDN is available by default.

CKEditor module & CKEditor, the editor - the difference

To avoid confusion, read this (mainly Drupal 6 users): the module ckeditor that is available here for download is a wrapper for the editor downloaded from the site (for Drupal 7, this step is no longer needed as CKEditor is taken by default from CDN). After the two archives are downloaded and unpacked, you end up with two folders having the same name, a 'module' and a 'program'. The module contains an folder called ckeditor that contains a text file that instructs you install the *contents* of the ckeditor folder that came from into this almost empty ckeditor folder.

Changes between Drupal 7 and Drupal 6

The main change in Drupal 7 comparing to the CKEditor module for Drupal 6 is the way of enabling/disabling CKEditor on selected textareas.

In version 6.x users were forced to define the set of include/exclude rules based on the ID of textarea or the path to the page. In version 7.x things are now much more simple. All you have to do is to pick up the input formats where CKEditor should be enabled :-)

Project information