Site Building

Manage and Synchronize Configuration for Drupal 7, 8, 9, and 10

Drupal has a system for managing and deploying configuration to different environments. In tandem with it are tools, processes, and workflows to learn and customize for your site and team. Learn about Drupal’s configuration system and how to manage configuration with both administrative UIs and command-line tools. For module developers, see also the related topic Configuration API for Developers.

Example tasks

  • Change the configuration sync directory outside of web root
  • Clone a Drupal site
  • Export active configuration to YAML files
  • Move configuration from local → test → live


The configuration system in core was introduced in Drupal 8. It is a non-opinionated system when it comes to specific workflows. You will learn the basic tenets of the configuration system as well as concepts and tools for importing and exporting configuration from one site instance to another. But there are many different types of Drupal projects out there and many kinds of teams. Learn the system and the tools in the following resources, but understand that you will need to customize the workflow to meet your site’s and team’s specific needs and tool sets.

Drupalize.Me resources

From the Drupal User Guide

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Overview of development sites with an example deployment workflow for site building.

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How to make a copy of a live site for development purposes.

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How to copy a view created in a local development site to a production site.

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How to synchronize the configuration between a development and live site using the core Configuration Manager module.

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How to manage file and configuration revisions with the Git revision control tool.

Configuration API

Drupal 8, 9, and 10
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Use the Configuration API to access configuration data stored by a module, provide default configuration, create settings forms, and other tasks such as overriding settings for a local environment.

Drupal 7

In Drupal 7, the main tool for managing configuration is the Features module. This series explains how to use the module and create a deployment workflow. The following tutorials show how to use Features with several popular content tools.


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