History of Drupal CMS | All Drupal Version History

History of Drupal CMS | All Drupal Version History

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Technology, Published On
August 19, 2020
Last modified on July 9th, 2022

When it comes to top CMS platforms, Drupal is always placed somewhere on the top of the list. In the present time, Drupal is considered to be one of the most popular choices of developers and business owners to build a website. 

Talking about Drupal, well, it is indeed one of the leading open-source CMS frameworks, used by custom web design agencies. As of May 2020, Drupal’s market share is 2.8%. This is a huge percentage considering how many CMS platforms are available in the market. Coming on to the history of Drupal, it has a rich history that dates back to 2001. Yes, it has a long, rich history of 20 years. Hence, in this post, we learn about all the versions of Drupal that have been an integral part of Drupal’s rich history. So, here we go! 

All Drupal Versions | History Of Drupal

1 ) Drupal 1.0

Drupal 1.0 a.k.a. Drop is the first version of Drupal which was released on 15th January 2001. It was released with the 18 core modules. Each of these modules was a PHP file. This version of Drupal gave developers the option to enter code into one of the seven hooks in the modules. Along with that, this version also supported a feature where the admin hook could only be accessed by the administrator. Drupal 1.0 was built in such a way that it said to be provided adaptability, flexibility, and continuity. This made a lot of business owners drawn to Drupal to build a customized website without any much difficulty. Another thing to know about Drupal 1.0 is the fact that the entire system was dependent on SQL in order to manage and modify themes, content, layout, and more.

2 ) Drupal 2.0

Drupal 2.0 was introduced just a few months after the release of Drupal 1.0 It was released on 15th March 2001. Actually, Drupal 2.0 was more like a translation feature that gave users the opportunity to overwrite or create their website in different languages. This version came up with a framework that allows developers to build a multilingual website by just editing SQL DB and configuration files manually. This version of Drupal supported 22 modules and also included a sector for stories and user ratings. 

3) Drupal 3.0

Soon after the release of Drupal 2.0, Drupal 3.0 was released on 15th September 2001. Now this version of Drupal was published with the concept of ‘nodes’ instead of pages. This means each and everything on Drupal 3.0 was presented as a node, be it the story, forum, blog, book, or diary. Besides, the number of modules reached t 26 in Drupal 3.0

4 ) Drupal 4.0

By the release of Drupal 4.0 in June 2002, more than hundreds of renowned websites were already built on Drupal. Besides, Drupal has also started receiving international acknowledgment as an open-source CMS platform. The key highlight of Drupal 4.0 was the taxonomy module that allows developers to replace meta tags and attributes. From the time 2002 to 2007, Drupal released updated versions from Drupal 4.1 to 4.7. 

5 ) Drupal 5.0

Released on 15th January 2007, Drupal 5.0 came up with jQuery which is a JavaScript library making HTML scripting a lot easier. It also included a reorganized module directory structure where all modules have their own directory. Another key improvement Drupal 5 came up with was the CSS preprocessor. Under this, all stylesheets were to be summed into a single compressed file. This ensured the better speed of the website. 

6 ) Drupal 6.0

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On 13th February, Drupal released its sixth version. Till now, it was the easiest version of Drupal. It received so much popularity that the White House even adopted Drupal 6. The key highlight or the feature of this version of Drupal was the improved security, and quick and easy setup drag and drop administration. Drupal 6 included a total of 34 core modules. 

7 ) Drupal 7.0


By the release of Drupal in January 2011, Drupal became a trusted platform to build websites of any type and size in the market. Drupal 7 received a major update and it can be ascertained by the fact that it included 11000 contributed modules. Along with that, it also included over 600 themes. Some of the key features that Drupal 7 included were flexible content, better theming, and API accessibility. 

8 ) Drupal 8.0

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Drupal 8 was released on 19th November 2015. In the history of Drupal, Drupal 8 has been the most successful version. Such is the popularity of this version that lakhs of businesses choose to adopt Drupal 8. This version came up with more than 600 modules. Not just this, it also included more than 200 new improvements and features. 

9 ) Drupal 9.0 – The Latest Version From History Of Drupal

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The newest version of Drupal is Drupal 9 which recently marked its presence in the market. It was released on 3rd June 2020. It is often touted as the cleaned-up version of Drupal 8. Drupal 9 doesn’t support all deprecated codes. Besides, it includes the latest version of third-party dependencies such as Twig 2.0 and Symphony 4.4

So, this is all about the history of Drupal. It has been 20 years that this open-source platform is ruling the CMS market. This is also the reason you can find numerous Drupal development companies in the market. Talking about that, Auxesis Infotech is a leading Drupal development agency carrying years of experience in delivering exceptional services to clients. 

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