Activating modules in Drupal 8

When working on your Drupal 8 website, Drupal hosting users often find the need to install modules. Although you can create a site without activating additional modules, it is highly unlikely you will do so. Adding additional modules is very common because they can add some great functionality to your site and make it easier / better to use. Some modules add administrative functionality to make managing the site easier and others add new features that your visitors will find helpful.

In our last tutorial, we showed you how to install a Drupal 8 module. Keep in mind that modules are not actually enabled after you install them, so there is an addition step in setting up a module. Below is a short tutorial that demonstrates how to enable a module in Drupal 8.

Activating a module in Drupal 8

  1. Visit your site and log into your Drupal 8 admin interface.
  2. Select module for download

    After you have successfully logged in, click on Menu >> Extend

  3. module checkbox checked for activation

    This brings you to the main Extend page. Here you will see all the currently available modules. To enable a module, simply click on the checkbox next to your desired module. For example, here we are activating the Book module.


  • Once you have checked the module or modules you want to activate, click on the Save Configuration button at the bottom of the page. This will save the changes and the modules will be enabled.Congratulations, you have successfully activated a module in Drupal 8! To check and ensure the module has been activated, simply return to the Extend page where you should see a checkbox next to the module you activated.

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