Last updated October 22, 2018


What are Distributions?

Distributions provide site features and functions for a specific type of site as a single download containing the core software, contributed modules, themes, and pre-defined configuration. A distribution makes it possible to set up a complex, use-specific site in fewer steps than installing and configuring elements individually.

There are two main types of distributions:

Full-featured Distributions
A full-featured distribution is a project that provides a complete solution to set up a site for a specialized purpose such as academic, business, government, nonprofit, publishing, social, etc. For example, you could use an existing distribution for farmers markets to build your own website, or you could share your set-up for the farmers market site as a distribution for others to use.
Other Distributions
Distributions can also be quick-start tools that developers and site builders can use as a starting point.

Additional resources

Drupal.org Drupal Distribution Downloads

Attributions

Adapted and edited by Diána Lakatos and Antje Lorch, from "Distributions" and "Download & Extend — Distributions" copyright 2000-2017 by the individual contributors to the Drupal Community Documentation.