Drupal download statistics

Each year around this time, I share the download statistics for Drupal core (see also: 2006 statistics and 2007 statistics). In other words, time for this year's update.

Absolute download statistics
Relative download statistics

The last 12 months, from July 2007 to June 2008, Drupal core was downloaded more than 1.4 million times. The year before, from July 2006 to June 2007, Drupal core was downloaded 620,000 times. The number of downloads doubled in one year's time! And while Drupal 5 continues to be popular, the Drupal 6 core download is already a lot more popular.

These numbers do no include betas, release candidates or CVS checkouts. Also, we can't track downloads from mirrors, such as various Linux distributions, nor can we track installations through control panel software for hosting like cPanel or Plesk. Contributed themes or modules are not included in these numbers: we only looked at Drupal core.

Comments

greggles (not verified):

Thanks for sharing these. It's nice to see some confirmation that 6.x is a great improvement and that our marketing around 6.x release seems to have raised the visibility of the project.

I'm really curious about the increase in 4.7 downloads in February (right when 6.x was released). I have a hard time coming up with a reason for someone to decide to download/build a new 4.7 site right at that time. Quite curious...

July 14, 2008 - 17:14
EclipseGc (not verified):

Greggles: Could be people who don't have an archive of it and are afraid that with the new release they won't easily be able to get their hands on the 4.7 code they have to maintain any more... just a thought.

Very interesting numbers. Can't wait to see what it looks like in 2-3 years.

Eclipse

July 14, 2008 - 17:29
karlcw (not verified):

Awesome stuff, Drupal just keeps going and growing.

Long live this CMS!!!

July 14, 2008 - 17:56
Zohar (not verified):

Since Drupal 6 was not recommended for more-than-the-basic sites (lack of stable releases for key modules: views, cck, image embedding modules), I'd find it hard to believe that there are that many new Drupal sites, that run on D6.

I think that we can get a better understanding of these statistics if we cross them with the contributed modules and themes download statistics. These can be more accurate in guessing which version of Drupal is more active.

On the other hand, it does good to see that D6 is leading the downloads chart, as it shows the Drupal community progresses, and embraces new versions (I bet those 4.7 downloads are mainly from automated downloads).

July 14, 2008 - 21:16
Rosko (not verified):

To the question about the lift in 4.7 downloads when Drupal 6 was released. I myself downloaded it at that time to experiment with moving sites from 4.7 to 6. In surveying my sites at that time I also found some on 4.7 that was not the most recent.

It's great to see the solid momentum.

July 14, 2008 - 21:45
George (not verified):

It would be nice to gain some insight into the number/versions of active installations. Is this monitored by the module "update status"?

July 15, 2008 - 10:25
Drupal Theme Garden (not verified):

Thanks for sharing those statistics.

It could be interesting to have some "real-time" Drupal download statistics (on drupal.org), or even a some more detailed statistics page (for example http://drupal.org/statistics) with "live" statistics of: download core, modules, themes ... CVS statistics, nodes count, users count, ...

July 15, 2008 - 10:54
Lennart (not verified):

More downloads means more users. But how about the reliability of modules on long term? I posted a post on the forum about this: "Policy on LTS for modules (for the sake of Drupal's future...)" http://drupal.org/node/282839

July 15, 2008 - 13:15
Matt (not verified):

I agree. I am always excited when new Drupal releases come out, and I usually download it and try it out. However, I won't use it on my new sites or existing sites for quite some time because the added modules won't probably work. This happened on my Visual Basic tutorial site. For example on my main VB6 Tutorials section I use views so I still cannot upgrade to the latest release.

July 15, 2008 - 16:15
Greg (not verified):

Why is 6 so popular when very few modules work with it yet?

July 16, 2008 - 04:57
Dries:

Because most people don't need or use contributed modules. Most people use Drupal for personal websites -- see http://buytaert.net/mollom-usage-pattern for another data point.

July 16, 2008 - 07:34
Zohar (not verified):

That's an incredible conclusion. Especially since the focus for D7 is more towards the enterprise market (as per last state of Drupal presentation).

In our work, we see more and more large enterprises and web companies, shifting to Drupal. I wonder when the charts will actually change.
However, I guess that depending on Mollom as a meter is not the best idea, since most enterprise sites require registering, or don't allow UGC at all, which decreases the need in moderation.

(hey - what does Mollom has against me? I am always a suspect...)

July 16, 2008 - 23:42
Dave (not verified):

Just a newbie here, and I really don't want to disagree with Dries. For one, I love the Drupal system and the more complicated, the better. lol
I have never used a CMS for any small commercial or personal web site because they were just too involved. Those sites are just HTML and bolt on the best stuff i can find.

I would say Drupal is for highly interactive community sites with a lot of users, members, blogs, forums and other community stuff that is all tied together. I am trying to build one with Drupal 6.0 as we speak.

I have downloaded the 5.x version as a backup if 6.x is unworkable due to modules that make the Drupal system what it has to be.

A BIG thank you to everyone involved in the project!

July 20, 2008 - 22:50
Shambly (not verified):

Given that download stats can be skewed a number of ways, I'm curious what countries are downloading Drupal ?

Can any kind of geographical breakdown be done? Or does it exist and I simply can't find it?

October 27, 2009 - 17:21
John Mikstake (not verified):
November 29, 2010 - 17:37

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