drupal-composer/drupal-project drupal/recommended-project

Which one is the best option to choose & why? on Drupal 9

  1. composer create-project drupal/recommended-project:

/vendor: 4485 files, ~21 Mo

  1. composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:

/vendor: 12624 files, ~62 Mo

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The important difference is that you should use drupal/recommended-project as it is recommended and officially supported. drupal-composer/drupal-project is outdated for Drupal 8+ and should only be used for Drupal 7.

From the Using Composer to Install Drupal and Manage Dependencies documentation on d.o:

As of the release of Drupal 8.8.0 - the recommend composer template changed from drupal-composer/drupal-project to the officially supported: drupal/recommended-project

For Drupal 9, use the composer template at drupal/recommended-project. This template ensures Drupal Core dependencies are the exact same version as the official Drupal release.

For Drupal 7, use drupal-composer/drupal-project.

While alluded to in the quote from the d.o documentation, I think it's worth calling out: a key difference between the two templates is that drupal/recommended-project includes a composer.lock file which "ensures Drupal Core dependencies are the exact same version as the official Drupal release."

  • Yeah thanks Sonfd. but drupal composer available for Drupal 9. github.com/drupal-composer/drupal-project Jun 11, 2022 at 13:11
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    @ThirstySix drupal-composer can be used with Drupal 9 still but it is effectively obsolete, as stated in this answer. The new supported way is recommended-project, and the recommendation to use it is right there in the name. Jun 11, 2022 at 14:35
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    If you're asking why that repository has a 9.x version, that's something you're going to have to ask the maintainers in that project's issue queue. As stated, as of Drupal 8.8 (released 12/4/2019), drupal/recommended-project is the recommended and officially supported template.
    – sonfd
    Jun 11, 2022 at 14:52
  • Thank you PatrickKenny & sonfd Jun 11, 2022 at 18:39

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