Installing or Updating Open Atrium

Open Atrium is a rich distribution of many (150+) Drupal modules. Installing Open Atrium requires additional resources beyond a minimal Drupal 7 installation. Please see the other pages in this section for more information.

Watch the webinar: Best practices for updating your Open Atrium site
(Phase2 Technology, October 2014)

Using Drush to update to a specific version of core (not just the latest)

By default, the drush pm-update command will update Drupal core and all enabled projects to the latest recommended releases. The optional project argument allows you to provide a list of installed projects to update, thereby limiting the scope of the update.

You can also pass a specific version of Drupal core as a project argument and Drush will limit the upgrade to that version of core (and core only, unless you pass other projects along as arguments.)

It's a good idea to take a backup first:

Updating Contributed Modules


  1. Visit for a list of security announcements and instructions on how to subscribe to the security announcements mailing list.
  2. Updates should be run on a development site and tested prior to deploying to production.
  3. Some module updates should be treated with more caution than others. For example, permissions related modules that protect entire portions of your site may warrant more thought and testing than other modules on your site.
  4. Consider deploying Drush for your site in order to expedite the module update process.

Before updating anything

  1. Before running updates, navigate to admin/reports/updates/update to see which modules are out of date.
  2. If your site has any custom documentation specific to it, check this documentation to ensure that any modules that need to be updated don't have special conditions or constraints.
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