I'm developing in localhost. When I try to update modules, it requires FTP access. I've tried several ways by installing vsftpd and adding my user account to ftp group, chowing the files, etc. But, I'm ending up with following message:

File Transfer failed, reason: Unable to remove to file /media/location-of-drupal/module/blahblah

Now, I've decided not to use FTP. Can I just manually download latest copies and unzip > paste the modules? Will that work? And is it applicable to updating Drupal core?

Thanks :)

EDIT: I've managed to fix FTP, and is now updating modules by FTP. But still, I'd like to know the answer, i.e. does copy-paste works perfectly? I posted my answer here: http://bdhacker.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/update-drupal-modules-using-ftp-in-localhost/

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I had the same effect.

The instructions at http://bdhacker.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/update-drupal-modules-using-ftp-in-localhost/ have all the necessary details. Especially the vsftp config (/etc/vsftpd.conf) is important. Make sure the following options are set:

listen=YES local_enable=YES write_enable=YES local_umask=022

Don't forget to restart vsftpd after config changes.


Looks like it works. What I figured out is - one needs to:

  1. Download any module's updated release, extract and override older version of the module.
  2. Run update.php found in the directory of Drupal's root - very important to update your database.

Well, you could... you could also bring them home on a floppy disk. ;)

Seriously though - get yourself git. Install it on your local machine, create repository (or use a service like GitHub, XP-Dev or whatever else if your machine is not accessible from the internet), and start using proper version control! A bit of hassle at the beginning with setting everything up, but then makes your life tremendously easier...

  • Hmm... you're suggesting I clone more than 20+ modules? Well, pretty good. But does just replacing the source code is OK? I mean, do I need to "update database" or something like that?
    – Shafiul
    Nov 25, 2011 at 15:13
  • No, what I'm suggesting is to clone the WHOLE site. That's the point of using version control tools. In your specific case though, I don't know, it all depends on changes between the version your have right now and the one you are going to replace it with. <code>Status report</code> will tell you if the update is required or not... Nov 25, 2011 at 15:18

After all you just have to make sure all your files are transfered in a consistent Way feom your local dev to production.

If you have shell access on production git is an excelent way of doing this. A lot of people are worling rhis way. We have been using rsync succesfully for a long time. FTP is just a remote file transfer tool you have to do at least some manual book keeping that the other tools doing for you once you set them up properly.


You can keep it simple, Just follow the steps below:

  1. Download the module from Drupal
  2. Extract or Unzip it
  3. Place it in /sites/all/modules/ directory
  4. Enable the module from admin end

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