Instructions for Installing Drupal

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In order to follow along with the exercises in your Drupal training, you'll need access to a fresh install of Drupal on your laptop.

If you already have a Drupal development environment set up, then just make sure you create a fresh install before the course. For the Theming and Module Development courses, you'll need access to the code base, so you should have a local install.

What Do You Want To Install? 

1. Drupal 8 (MacOS or Windows)
2. Drupal 9 (MacOS only)
3. Drupal 9 (Windows only)

Installing Drupal 8 (Mac or Windows, using Acquia Dev Desktop):

  1. Go to
  2. Under 'Acquia Dev Desktop', choose the adapted operating system: 'Mac Download' or 'Windows Download'.
  3. Run Acquia Dev Desktop installer and click through the installation steps.
  4. After the installation is complete, the Acquia Dev Desktop application should launch.
  5. Click 'Start from scratch, I don't have an existing Drupal site'. You created a new website for the training. 

    Page de démarrage de Acquia Dev Desktop

  6.  Select which version of Drupal you want, and click ‘Install’.

    Choisir d'installer Drupal 8

  7. Choose your local site's name and select the most recent version of PHP 7. Click 'Finish'.
  8.  In the Acquia Dev Desktop screen, click on the link to your Drupal site next to 'Local site'.

    Lien du site local

  9. You are redirected to the configuration page of your new website.
    Choose the language that suits you and pick the 'Standard' profile. Your website is settling down.

    Configurer votre site web

  10. Configure your website with the required information. Don't forget to keep track of the username and password you select, so you can reuse them for the training.

    Configurer votre site web

  11. You're done. You created a brand new Drupal website!

Drupal 9 Installation (MacOS):

If you have a MacOS, the previous steps should also cover Drupal 9 installation.

Drupal 9 Installation (Windows):

For Windows, it can be more complicated at the moment, so we created a separate guide: Installing Drupal 9 on Windows.

If you encounter any difficulties with the installation, do not hesitate to contact us at

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