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Distribution definition

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Installing Drupal with the stock installation files downloaded from Drupal.org represents a blank slate for your website. You can install a distribution if your website matches a common use case, like a company intranet or a conference website, and you would like to take advantage of some common features built by other developers.

Distributions (also known as distros) are a packaged group of files including Drupal core along with a group of themes and modules selected to address a particular need.

Different distributions are available to meet specific needs, including meeting the needs of a particular market (for example, governmental or educational institutions), or providing specific, deeply integrated functions into websites such as social media or commerce.

Finding a distribution

Because of the open nature of Drupal, anyone can create a useful distribution others can use to help them start faster.

Acquia-provided distributions

Lightning is available from our Acquia Downloads page. For help identifying a distribution that meets your needs on Acquia Cloud, see Choosing a Drupal distribution..

Other distributions

For a list of available distributions created to address various needs, see Download & Extend on Drupal.org.

Finding more resources

The Help Center contains articles and resources you can use for reference as you install your Drupal distribution, including the following: