How to install a module?

To install modules in order to customize your Drupal install:

  1. Download the module. Make sure the version of the module matches your version of Drupal. It will appear in a compressed file format such as 'tar.gz'.
  2. Read the install instructions. If the module has an installation file (usually INSTALL.txt and/or README.txt), read it for specific instructions.
  3. Upload the module. There are 2 possibilities here, use one;
    1. You DON'T have a control panel(cpanel /plesk) with "file manager". In this case extract the module folder from the compressed file and upload the module folder to sites/all/modules< (use FTP).
    2. You have a control panel(cpanel /plesk) with "file manager". In this case upload the compressed file to sites/all/modules< and extract it there with your "file manager".
  4. Enable the module. Go to Administer > Site building > Modules. Check the 'Enabled' box next to the module and then click the 'Save Configuration' button at the bottom.
  5. Set file permissions.Some modules require permissions to get them working. Permissions info should be in the instructions that came with the module. If needed, go to Administer > User management > Permissions (Drupal 5: Administer > User management > Access control). If the module appears in the list give the appropriate permissions to desired roles.
  6. Adjust settings. Most modules will have some type of settings page. It should be described in the README.txt file. To locate a module's settings page try navigating to "admin/by-module" and see if the module appears in the list. If it does, it's settings page(s) will be listed also.

If you run into problems, search the module's issue queue and the forums. If your problem hasn't already been addressed, post a question, issue or contact the module maker.

See also Installing contributed modules<