Drupal's menu system allows users to create as many separate menus as they need throughout their site. Links can be created to both external sites and internal pieces of content. The site administration interface gives users (with sufficient permissions) the ability to organize and sort these links within their respective menus. The API provided by the menu system gives developers the ability to interact with and alter menu links. The API also includes a mechanism to provide menu links from within custom modules.

Example tasks

  • Create several menus for use (and display) in various locations throughout a site
  • Add a link to a menu from within a custom module
  • Understand how existing menu items can be altered


The Drupal menu system has been quite stable, and although our coverage isn't complete at this point the resources cited are unlikely to change rapidly.

Drupalize.Me resources

Drupal 8

Menus in site configuration


Menus and links in development


Drupal 7

This tutorial is part of our Module Developer in Drupal 7 series. Several of the tutorials that follow this one walk through some of the more advanced techniques for working with the menu system.

This video provides a high level overview for the site builder or administrator about the main components that make up a Drupal site (including the menu system).

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External resources

  • Concept: Menu (
    • This section of the Drupal 8 User Guide from walks through the menu system from a high level.