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Distribution definition

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Although you can download the stock Drupal installation files from, installing Drupal in this manner represents a “blank slate” for your website. If your site matches a common use case, like a company intranet or a conference site, and you’d like to take advantage of some common features built by other other developers, you can install a distribution.

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

There are many different distributions 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 (for example, social media or commerce).

Finding a distribution

Because of the open nature of Drupal, anyone can create a useful distribution that others can use to help them get started more quickly.

Acquia-provided distributions

Acquia Lightning is available from our Acquia Downloads page. See Choosing a Drupal distribution to help you identify the best distribution for your needs on Acquia hosting.

Other distributions

For a list of available distributions that have been created to address many particular needs, see Download & Extend on

Finding additional resources

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