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Installing a Drupal distribution

You can install a Drupal distribution (or Drupal core) using the Acquia Cloud interface. A Drupal distribution is a custom edition of Drupal, tuned and extended with custom developed and contributed modules to enable desired features, such as Acquia Lightning. Using the Acquia Cloud interface, you can install many of the best and most popular Drupal distributions with just a few clicks. For a list, see Choosing a Drupal distribution.

To install a new Drupal distribution in an Acquia Cloud environment, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to the Acquia Cloud interface and select the application and environment where you want to install Drupal. You cannot install Drupal in a Production environment.

  2. On the environment’s Overview page, click Install Drupal.

    Click the Install Drupal button


    If Install Drupal is disabled for use, ensure that the following required items are in place for your environment:

    • The Code entity in the environment has a branch or trunk selected — you cannot install to a tag.
    • Livedev mode must be disabled for your application. Livedev expects Drupal installation attempts only from the command line.
  3. On the Install distribution page, locate the Drupal distribution that you want to install and then click Install. For many distributions, you can click Learn more to get more information about a distribution. If you are not sure which Drupal distribution to us, select Lightning.

  4. If you want to install a distribution that’s not listed (for example, your organization might have its own Drupal distributions, or you might want to install another distribution from, click Install from URL. In the Install Drupal from URL dialog, enter a URL for the distribution. It must be either:

    • The URL of the distribution’s download file (which must be in .tar.gz format), or
    • The URL of the distribution’s Drush .make file.

    Install another distro

    Then, in the Install Drupal from URL dialog, click Install.

Deploying a new Drupal distribution in an environment takes a few minutes. After the Installation process completes, click the environment’s website URL to visit your Drupal website. This runs install.php to complete the Drupal installation. The Drupal install.php script opens in a new browser window. It creates a standard Drupal database, sets up the administrator username and password, and configures additional modules and features relevant to the Drupal distribution you chose.

Install Drupal

To start modifying your code, make a local copy of the repository using the Git checkout command.