There is a lot resource for doing it in Drupal 6, but I didn't find a solution for Drupal 7.

How can I install and enable selected modules?

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There's just one step, using module_enable():

$modules = array('module1', 'module2'); // Array of module names
$enable_dependencies = TRUE; // Whether or not to enable dependant modules

module_enable($modules, $enable_dependencies);
  • Does this enable the modules in the same order as they are in the array? May 16, 2018 at 15:25
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    No @BrentConnor, a dependency map is computed and they're installed in whatever order make sense
    – Clive
    May 16, 2018 at 15:35

Here is how you would do it with a database update using hook_update_N from another enabled module's *.install file. Then you can visit /update.php in the browser or run $ drush updb on the command line to have this code fired.

 * Enable module1 and module2.
function MYMODULE_update_7101() {

  // Array of module names.
  $modules = ['module1', 'module2'];

  // Whether or not to enable dependant modules.
  $enable_dependencies = TRUE;

  module_enable($modules, $enable_dependencies);

For drupal 8 you can use the following:


In drush:

drush php-eval '\Drupal::service("module_installer")->install(["my_custom_module"]);'
  • If you want IDE introspection, use this: ``` /** @var \Drupal\Core\Extension\ModuleInstallerInterface $moduleInstaller */ $moduleInstaller = \Drupal::service("module_installer"); $moduleInstaller->install(['readmehelp']); ``` Dec 3, 2019 at 11:25

In Drupal 7 there is no more drupal_install_modules(), therefore if you want to force the module installation process programmatically (if it's already enabled), you can use:

module_invoke('module_name', 'install');

To enable, it's simply:


Or using drush as part of the deployment process:

drush -y en module_name

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