Why Use Migrate Upgrade and Migrate Plus? for Drupal 8, Drupal 9

Last updated June 23, 2022
Module Development8.9.x/9.3.x

Why use Migrate Upgrade and Migrate Plus? The short answer is: because it'll save you from having to type out a bunch of YAML by scaffolding a migration for you.

The contributed Migrate Plus and Migrate Upgrade modules are commonly used to aid in the process of performing a Drupal-to-Drupal migration. The combination of the two makes it easier to customize the configuration of individual migrations on a per-project basis by allowing you to edit each individual migrations configuration using the same mechanics that you would to write a custom migration.

It's not the only approach to making these changes, but for many people (including us), it's the most efficient way.

In this tutorial we'll:

  • Get a more in-depth look at the role of the Migrate Plus and Migrate Upgrade modules
  • Discuss the use cases for using them as part of a Drupal-to-Drupal migration

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to explain what both the Migrate Plus and Migrate Upgrade modules are used for.