A module is a set of PHP, JavaScript, and/or CSS files that extends site features and adds functionality. The Drupal core software comes with a set of modules that provide functionality such as managing users, content, entity structure, navigation menus, and creating lists and blocks from existing content. Learn more about the concept of modules in the Drupal User Guide.

Tip: Install the core experimental Help Topics module on a Drupal site for explanations and step-by-step instructions for many core modules.

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Tip: Install the core experimental Help Topics module on a Drupal site for explanations and step-by-step instructions for many core modules.

Core

  • Actions: Allows configuration of tasks to be executed in response to events. Docs
  • Activity Tracker: Enables tracking of recent content for users. Docs
  • Aggregator: Gathers and displays syndicated content (RSS, RDF, and Atom feeds) from external sources. Docs
  • Automated Cron: Provides an automated way to run cron jobs, by executing them at the end of a server response. Docs
  • Ban: Allows administrators to ban visits from specific IP addresses. Docs
  • Big Pipe: Sends pages using the BigPipe technique that allows browsers to show them much faster Docs
  • Block: Controls the visual building blocks a page is constructed with. Blocks are boxes of content rendered into an area, or region, of a web page. Docs
  • Book: Allows users to create and organize related content in an outline. Docs
  • **Breakpoint **: Manages breakpoints and breakpoint groups for responsive designs. Docs
  • CKEditor: WYSIWYG editing for rich text fields using CKEditor. Docs
  • Color: Allows users to change the color scheme of compatible themes. Docs
  • Comment: Module description from module.info.yml file. Docs
  • Configuration Manager: Allows administrators to import and export configuration changes. Docs
  • Contact: Provides site-wide contact forms and forms to contact individual users. Docs
  • Content Moderation: Provides moderation states for content. Docs
  • Contextual Links: Provides contextual links to directly access tasks related to page elements. Docs
  • Custom Block: Allows the creation of custom blocks and block types. Docs
  • Custom Menu Links: Allows users to create menu links. Docs
  • Database Logging: Logs system events in the database. Docs
  • Dynamic Page Cache: Caches pages, including those with dynamic content, for all users. Docs
  • Field: Field API to add fields to entities like nodes and users. Docs
  • Field UI: Provides a user interface for the Field module. Docs
  • Filter: Filters content in preparation for display. Docs
  • Forum: Provides discussion forums. Docs
  • Help: Manages the display of online help. Docs
  • History: Records which user has read which content. Docs
  • Image: Defines a field type for image media and provides display configuration tools. Docs
  • Inline Form Errors: Places error messages adjacent to form inputs, for improved usability and accessibility. Docs
  • Layout Builder: Allows users to add and arrange blocks and content fields directly on the content. Docs
  • Media: Manages the creation, configuration, and display of media items. Docs
  • Media Library: Enhances the media list with additional features to more easily find and use existing media items. Docs
  • Menu UI: Allows administrators to customize the site navigation menu. Docs
  • Node: Allows content to be submitted to the site and displayed on pages. Docs
  • Path: Allows users to rename URLs. Docs
  • Quick Edit: In-place content editing. Docs
  • RDF: Enriches your content with metadata to let other applications (e.g. search engines, aggregators) better understand its relationships and attributes. Docs
  • Responsive Image: Provides an image formatter and breakpoint mappings to output responsive images using the HTML5 picture tag. Docs
  • Search: Allows users to create search pages based on plugins provided by other modules. Docs
  • Settings Tray: Allows users to directly edit the configuration of blocks on the current page. Docs
  • Shortcut: Allows users to manage customizable lists of shortcut links. Docs
  • Statistics: Logs content statistics for your site. Docs
  • Syslog: Logs and records system events to syslog. Docs
  • System: Handles general site configuration for administrators. Docs
  • Taxonomy: Enables the categorization of content. Docs
  • Text Editor: Provides a means to associate text formats with text editor libraries such as WYSIWYGs or toolbars. Docs
  • Toolbar: Provides a toolbar that shows the top-level administration menu links and links from other modules. Docs
  • Tour: Displays guided tours of the site interface. Docs
  • Update Manager: Checks for available updates, and can securely install or update modules and themes via a web interface. Docs
  • User: Manages the user registration and login system. Docs
  • Views: Create customized lists and queries from your database. Docs
  • Views UI: Provides a user interface for creating and managing views. Docs
  • Workflows: Provides an interface to create workflows with transitions between different states (for example publication or user status) provided by other modules. Docs

Core (experimental)

  • CKEditor 5: WYSIWYG editing for rich text fields using CKEditor 5. Docs
  • Field Layout: Allows users to configure the display and form display by arranging fields in several columns. Docs
  • Help Topics: Displays help topics provided by themes and modules. Docs
  • Workspaces: Allows users to stage content or preview a full site by using multiple workspaces on a single site. Docs

Field types

  • Datetime: Defines datetime form elements and a datetime field type. Docs
  • Datetime Range: Provides the ability to store end dates. Docs
  • File: Defines a field type for files. Docs
  • Image: Defines a field type for image media and provides display configuration tools. Docs
  • Link:Provides a simple link field type. Docs
  • Options: Defines selection, check box and radio button widgets for text and numeric fields. Docs
  • Telephone: Defines a field type for telephone numbers. Docs
  • Text: Defines simple text field types. Docs

Migration

  • Migrate: Handles migrations Docs
  • Migrate Drupal: Contains migrations from older Drupal versions. Docs
  • Migrate Drupal UI: Provides a user interface for migrating from older Drupal versions. Docs

Multilingual

  • Configuration Translation: Allows users to translate configuration text. Docs
  • Content Translation: Allows users to translate content. Docs
  • Interface Translation: Translates the built-in user interface. Docs
  • Language: Allows users to configure available languages. Docs

Web Services

  • HAL: Serializes entities using Hypertext Application Language. Docs
  • HTTP Basic Authentication: Supplies an HTTP Basic authentication provider. Docs
  • JSON:API: Exposes entities as a JSON:API-specification-compliant web API. Docs
  • RESTful Web Services: Exposes entities and other resources as RESTful web API. Docs
  • Serialization: Provides a service for (de)serializing data to/from formats such as JSON and XML. Docs