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How do I add a new Drupal module or Drupal theme to my site?

If you are using the Drupal content management system, there are hundreds of modules and themes to choose from.

If you would like to add one to your Drupal site, follow these directions.

  • First, download the module or theme from the Drupal web site.
  • Unzip the file. If you are using a modern operating system, you should just be able to double click on the downloaded file and it will unzip automatically. If you are using Windows you may need to install 7-zip in order to open the files downloaded from Drupal.
  • Enter your directory. You should see a "modules" and a "themes" directory (if not, you will need to create them). In your directory, there is also a "modules" and "themes" directory which can be confusing. These directories are not the ones to put your modules or themes in. If you try you will get a access denied message. Instead be sure to use the "modules" and "themes" directories in your directory.
  • Copy module directories into the modules directory and themes into the themes directory.
  • Next, activate your modules via Drupal. Login and click Administer -> Site building -> Modules (or Themes).
  • If you are installing a new module - don't forget to set the Access permissions by clicking on the set permissions link at the top of the modules page and indicate which roles should have access to the new module.