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I am going to download the Views module for a Drupal 7 website I am creating, but there are 2 different versions: There is the alpha3, the development snapshot, and another one that doesn't have a name I can see (it is highlighted in green). Which these three versions should I use?

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There are two main version of View,s 2.0 and 3.0.

Drupal 6 has support for both views

  • 6.x-2.12 with Views 2
  • 6.x-3.0-alpha3 with Views 3
  • 6.x-3.x-dev with Views 3 and is under development

It is recommended to use 6.x-2.12


After clarifying about drupal7:

For Drupal 7 there is Views 7.x-3.0-rc1 recommended.

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    I am using drupal 7 – Ephraim Jun 29 '11 at 19:33
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    The better is to tag your question about Drupal version. Thanks :) – Shoaib Nawaz Jun 29 '11 at 19:43
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    If you use Views 3, use the dev branch until it is stable. Using the alpha/beta/rc means you'll have bugs. – tim.plunkett Jun 29 '11 at 22:50
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It is really a personal decision on which one you should download. It is recommended to always download the one's in "Green". However views3 offers a significant improvement in the user interface and if you are just starting out in views, this might be a better choice.

A good article on choosing modules http://drupalwatchdog.com/1/1/module-selection-in-the-wild

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For Drupal 7, there's now an RC (Release candidate). However, I still think that for D7 modules before the first release, the -dev version is usually your best bet. This is the case with Views as well.

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