After installing a Drupal7 site, I have made several configurations/customizations over time. Now I would like to export them somehow, in order to load them to another site. But the problem is that I don't remember exactly what I have done. The Features module does not help because you have to tell it exactly what to export, but I don't remember all the changes.

I know that this is a difficult problem on Drupal7, which is expected to be solved on Drupal8. But I am asking just in case that somebody knows any tricks that can help to solve it on Drupal7.


Check out the Configuration Management module.

The configuration management module enables the ability to keep track of specific configurations on a Drupal site, provides the ability to move these configurations between different environments (local, dev, qa, prod), and also move configurations between completely different sites (migrate configurations) without the use of modules with all configuration being owned by the site.

It's kind of a backport of features worked towards in the Drupal 8 Config Management Initiative. You basically trac certain elements of configuration on your site (this bit is relatively similar to Features), and then it tells you when there are differences between what is stored in the filesystem and what is stored in the database (referred to as ActiveStore and DataStore). These config files can then be versioned and deployed.

As an added bonus, of you install the Diff module you can see what's actually been changed with regards to ActiveStore vs DataStore :-)


The Configuration Management module attempts to bring Drupal 8 style configuration management to Drupal 7.

  • This module seems certainly useful, and better than Features (for my case). But, is it possible to compare (diff) 2 configurations from different sites? From the drush commands available, I think that there isn't any straight-forward way to do it. – dashohoxha Mar 15 '13 at 0:42
  • This module helped me to solve my problem, although the solution was not 100% automatic and required some manual work. I have described in this blog how I did it: dashohoxha.blogspot.com/2013/03/… – dashohoxha Mar 15 '13 at 7:42

You can features module. So you can create a feature of several configuration and can use in other installation.

Sorry I missed the features part in question, which you already know.

I think features is the best solution for exporting configurations. other than features nothing is there for exporting all configurations without telling what to export.


Check out the features_orphan module. AFAIK it still only works with features 7.x-1.x, not 2.x.

This will show you all of the config which doesn't currently live in features. Combine this with the "drush fd [feature-name]" you should be able to see all of your changes.

One thing to keep in mind is that it is very rare that you will want to export all of the config from one site and use it on another. There are some variables such as site_key, cron_* etc which you won't want in the export.

  • I think that features_orphans, from its description is the equivalent of: drush features-components --not-exported '%:%' but has a GUI for it. Anyway, it does not show me what I have changed since the initial installation. – dashohoxha Mar 13 '13 at 12:57
  • @dashohoxha Unless you took a snapshot of exactly what was there before you made your changes, there is no magic solution to track your changes. Even then you're looking at diffing the entire thing. I'm afraid there is no magic bullet for your issue :( – Chapabu Mar 13 '13 at 17:53
  • @Chapabu I can take a snapshot of a freshly installed Drupal and compare it to the snapshot of the current system. But the problem is that this diff is not so clean/meaningful/useful. – dashohoxha Mar 13 '13 at 21:49
  • @dashohoxha If you're looking to deploy a site configuration (which it sounds like you are), then I'd check my answer below. Configuration Management is much most useful than Features for your use case :) – Chapabu Mar 13 '13 at 22:27
  • @Chapabu I will check it for sure. Thanks for suggesting it. – dashohoxha Mar 14 '13 at 2:53

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