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Docroot definition

For more information about Drupal terms and terminology, see the Acquia Help Center Drupal term index.

When Drupal is installed on a computer, the directory that contains Drupal’s core code files is referred to as its docroot, or document root. Not only does it contain Drupal’s core code files, but it also includes all of your websites’ files and directories.

The docroot can have any name. Depending on your hosting environment, it could be named htdocs, public_html, www, or even docroot. To identify the docroot on a computer, look for Drupal’s index.php file.

When you encounter docroot in a documented directory path, substitute docroot with the actual docroot path for your environment. If there is an extended path, such as docroot/sites/all, append /sites/all to the actual path of docroot.

Docroot on Acquia Cloud

If you host your website on Acquia Cloud, docroot is a directory called /var/www/html/sitename.env/docroot. The directory and its files are read-only, except for the files stored in the user-uploaded files path (such as /sites/default/files). You can only send files and changes to your website’s code files using a version control system (VCS), including Git.

For more information about files on Acquia Cloud, including user-uploaded files, see the Understanding files Acquia Cloud help page.