How to Install Modules in Drupal 8

Updated on Mar 13, 2019

With over 32 000 modules in total and 1 200+ compatible with version 8, the Drupal Extension section is quite popular and offers a lot of functionality. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install a new module for your Drupal 8 based website.

The Module Integration Process includes the following steps:


Find and Install Modules

The first thing, you will need to do is login to the administrators account for your website and navigate to the Manage → Extend section from the main admin panel.

Navigating to the Extend menu in Drupal 8

Here you can see a list of the extensions for your website and you can enable and re-configure them according to your needs. To get a new module, click on the +Install new module button.

Initiating a new Module Installation

Open the modules link in a new tab or the official Drupal website and navigate to the Modules section.

Here you will be able to look for a specific module based on its status and version compatibility. We will use the Admin Toolbar module as an example for the purposes of this tutorial. Download the 8.x version release.

Downloading the desired Module Version archive

You can upload the archive via the Browse... button or just copy and paste the link to it in Drupal and click on the Install button to continue.

Installing a new Module in Drupal 8


Enable and Configure Modules

After the Installation has been successfully completed, you can click on the “Enable newly added module” option to enable and configure the module.

Successfully completing the Module Installation process

Scroll down in the List till you find the Admin Toolbar and Admin Toolbar Tools, mark them and click on the Install button at the end of the page to enable them.

Marking and enabling Modules in Drupal 8

Usually after installation, you will also be able to configure the new module by clicking on a Cogwheel icon marked as Configure. However for this plugin there are no configuration options.

Now, if you try to hover over a menu from the main panel you will see all child sections included in it.

Overview of the Admin Toolbar module for Drupal 8

Congratulations, you now know how to find, install and enable new modules for your Drupal 8 website.

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