I don't want the "Frontpage" view to be installed along with my installation profile.

I tried adding a hook_install to a module which does this:


But during installation that tells me that the frontpage view doesn't exist when my module is being installed. Fair enough, so I added the module that owns the frontpage view config (core node) to my dependencies:

  - drupal:node

Still didn't work. Then I realised it's optional config; maybe the module responsible for processing that config (core views) also needs to be a dependency. It would make sense, so my dependencies became:

  - drupal:node
  - drupal:views

Still didn't work, same problem - the View simply doesn't exist yet, so it can't be deleted.

So two halves of the same question:

  1. How do I stop this config from ever having been installed in the first place (or installed but initially disabled)?
  2. If that's not possible, what dependencies do I need to provide to ensure that the View in question is installed by the time my own hook_install is executed, so I can remove/disable it myself?
  • But during installation that tells me that the frontpage view doesn't exist did you try installing your module in a fresh/vanilla Drupal install? I only ask since your answer worked for Darol. So either something changed since '16 or something is going on with your Drupal.
    – No Sssweat
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 6:08
  • @NoSssweat I did - the content View isn’t optional conf, I wonder if that’s the difference
    – Clive
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 6:50

1 Answer 1


Hmm, have you tried in the .profile file an hook_install_tasks?

Or maybe with the hook_install_tasks_alter.

 * Implements hook_install_tasks_alter().
function MODULE_install_tasks_alter(array &$tasks, array $install_state) {
  $tasks['install_finished']['function'] = 'CALLBACK_post_install';

And deactivate the view in the callback.

  • 1
    Turns out hook_install is the best place to do this, but moving it to the install profile was definitely the way to go. Thanks
    – Clive
    Commented Jun 4, 2018 at 11:41

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