I am creating on Drupal 8 module. I have used a custom table to store the data collected from forms. Somehow during installation, tables are not created due to an issue in the install file. Now I have fixed the issue, and I want to install the module again.

How can I re-install a module?

From this and this discussions, I know the Disable module functionality has been removed.

Is there any other way to re-install a module so that its database tables are created?


5 Answers 5


The Devel module can also help here.

It makes a "Reinstall modules" page available at /devel/reinstall, which lets you re-install modules in bulk.

It's also worth mentioning Drush; dis (obviously) doesn't work any more, but pm-uninstall and en still do. And if you have Devel installed, you can invoke a reinstall with

drush dre module1 module2
  • Note that devel doesn't yet support Drupal 8's uninstall-only changes cgit.drupalcode.org/devel/tree/drush/devel.drush.inc#n115
    – anavarre
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 10:12
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    I've started an issue to fix that drupal.org/node/2292425
    – anavarre
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 12:23
  • I think all the answers posted here are incorrect. The original question is how to "re-install". This is not the same as how to uninstall and then install. All the scenarios here, sadly, do an uninstall which is a major step backwards for D8 as this will wipe the configuration for that module. I'm still looking for the correct answer of how to "re-load" the install config for a module (without uninstall).
    – liquidcms
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 20:00

As you said "Disable functionality is removed from Drupal 8" ..

The short answer is - you probably are looking for the "Uninstall" tab found on the "Extend" (Modules) page /admin/modules/uninstall

There is no longer any grey area between a module being on and active vs off and "purged". "Disabled" is no longer a thing. Uninstalling a module means removing all traces of it.

Go to admin/modules/uninstall and uninstall module... Then enabled the module from modules list page. That should install the module again.

For Example ....

Before Installing Ban Module in Drupal 8 ... ban_ip module doesn't exist in database..

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After Installing Ban Module in Drupal 8... ban_ip table is created and module cannot be disabled but can be uninstalled in admin/modules/uninstall

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Now if you uninstall module.. Table will be removed from database and module can be installed again which will create tables in the database..

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  • Thanks a lot for such awesome explanation. I checked the list of modules in uninstall tab, but couldn't found my module. If you want to check code here github.com/mohit-rocks/messaging . Currently you can install module and settings related forms are coming. Commented May 10, 2014 at 9:34

Solution 1: Uninstall and Install again manually

Using the Drupal UI:

  • Go to the Extend page from the admin menu
  • Go to the uninstall module page
  • Uninstall the module you wish to
  • Go to the Extend page again (where you have a list of modules)
  • Install the module you just uninstalled

Using Drush (you should try it if you don't use it):

  • drush pm-uninstall MODULE -y && drush pm-enable MODULE -y
  • OR in short drush pmu MODULE -y && drush en MODULE -y

Replace MODULE with the name of your module.

Solution 2: Reinstall using Devel module

Assuming you have the devel module installed.

Using Drupal UI:

  • Visit the path /devel/reinstall
  • Re-install the modules you wish to

Using Drush:

  • drush devel-reinstall MODULE -y
  • OR in short drush dre MODULE -y

Replace MODULE with the name of your module.


If you want to re-install (reload) the install config for a specific module you can use this drush command:

drush cim --partial --source=modules/custom/MY_MODULE/config/install
  • This got me excited but it doesn't work for me, I keep getting errors about the source dir not existing.
    – Christian
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 2:59
  • What is the your source dir? And i guess it would require that the module has a config/install dir. If it doesn't; then likely there is nothing to re-install for that module.
    – liquidcms
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 22:09
  • I tried relative and absolute paths to the dir, on my local machine and my VM. Module has config dir with yml files. Ended up using drupal console and config:import:single. Thanks
    – Christian
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 0:53

If nothing else works you can try the below for Drupal 8.

  1. Remove the problematic module files and it's folder

    • rm -rf modules/your_problematic_module
  2. Remove the cached twig templates

    • rm -rf sites/default/files/php
  3. Clear the Drupal cache

NOTE: Make sure to backup the code and Database before doing this

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