I have installed Drupal 7 in FTP server. I am trying to apply a Drupal patch.

I did see many links online but no one shows how to do it while Drupal is in FTP server of the hosting account. I think there are many ways I can do it. One way would be to get the Net Beans. I am not sure whether I need to install Net Beans in FTP server first or install to my local machine.

If you could provide some details for beginner, it would be helpful.

  • Most user apply patch with Git commands, but you also can do it manually.
    – CocoSkin
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 18:33
  • Lot of information here. Thanks. I will definitely use all of these info and try my best.
    – autop
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 19:55
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    In general, it's good practice to do as little as possible on your FTP server. Try to think of your FTP server as a shopping window: you only put things there that are finished and ready to be seen by your audience. Develop your site on your local machine. Keep a copy on your local machine, preferably using a version control system like git. All software you use to do these tasks is installed locally. When you're done, push it to your web server. Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 8:26

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If you're on UNIX based system (e.g. MacOSX, various Linux distros), the patch utility is a great tool here. I typically use the command:

patch -p1 < patch-file.patch

With the -p1 option being important for installs already under a git repo.

It sounds like your use case is a bit different though. drupal.org has a good documentation page for applying patches in various environments.


There is a perfect tutorial in Applying patches with Git. There is also a simpler way to do this manually. as an example This patch fixes Ctools error. This is the code

diff --git a/includes/css-cache.inc b/includes/css-cache.inc
index d88160b..607b886 100644
--- a/includes/css-cache.inc
+++ b/includes/css-cache.inc
@@ -10,6 +10,12 @@ class CToolsCssCache implements DrupalCacheInterface {
    * {@inheritdoc}
+  function __construct($bin) {
+  }
+  /**
+   * {@inheritdoc}
+   */
 public function clear($cid = NULL, $wildcard = FALSE) {
 // Only clear the caches if the wildcard is set, this ensures that the cache
 // is only cleared when the full caches are cleared manually (eg by invoking

the /includes/css-cache.inc determines the file that needs to be modified. the + sign is the code that should be added and the - sign means the codes that need to be removed (there is non in here). so as a result in this patch, you need to look for public function clear($cid = NULL, $wildcard = FALSE) { statement and insert the

 function __construct($bin) {

above it. clearly this line is in class CToolsCssCache implements DrupalCacheInterface class.

If there is any difficulty for you to install the patch, just modify the files as I said and check if the error has gone.


Apply the patch on your local machine using the excellent documentation mentioned above, then FTP the changed files up.

I really hope you are using some sort of versioning system somewhere during all of this. Frankly, I wouldn't accept a server setup where I was still using FTP to move around code files.


Yet another approach is to use the Patch Manager module. Here is an excerpt from its project page:

... provides a developer tool for managing patches to core and contributed modules.

As a variation, here are other options to consider (mentioned on the same project page also): Possibly better solution is to use Drush to apply patches (see its make command) or Drush extension Drush Issue Queue Commands because they don't rely on insecure configuration.

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