Happy eighth birthday Drupal

Happy eighth birthday
© Jamey Boje (aka graphicsguru)

Today, eight years ago, Drupal 1.0.0 was released! The following snippet is taken directly from the original announcement:

Today, drop.org announces the release of Drupal 1.00 after an extensive period of testing. Drupal is a full-featured content management/discussion engine using Apache/PHP/MySQL and suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site similar to kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org. Current features include discussion forums, web-based administration, theme support, an open submission queue, content management, a modularized design, PHP sessions, user management with access control and username/profanity/hostname filters, error logging, a public diary module, an affiliate site module, backend/headline generation (RSS/RDF) and much more.

When I started work on Drupal as a graduate student, Drupal was just a little hobby project grown out of my own interest in the web. As you can tell from the original release notes, being the only programmer certainly had its charms. ;-)

Fast forward 8 years, and we're a global project with hundreds of thousands of users, thousands of active contributors and a healthy ecosystem. Along the way, I've always tried to listen to the community, and to trust my own instincts and moral compass. We built an amazing community together, and because of that, working on Drupal continues to be a labor of love. Even after eight years.

A big project can't always do what a small project can; there is more legacy and overhead, but nonetheless, I think what is important is that we stayed true to our initial values: innovation, collaboration and a healthy desire to keep the code as small and simple as possible. Happy birthday, Drupal!


Marc Bijl (not verified):

Hey Dries!

Congrats with this great milestone in the history of an excellent CMS! Hopefully the next ten years will be as successful as the first eight. Or even better ;)

Keep up the good work and wish you all the best with continuing this cool project.


January 15, 2009
Geshan (not verified):

We all love Drupal. Happy B'day Drupal.

January 15, 2009
Jesse (not verified):

8 years already ??

Man we're getting old ! ;-)



January 15, 2009
Jan Polzer (not verified):

Congrats to you Dries and to all Drupal community.

January 15, 2009
fl3a (not verified):

Best wishes for the next 8 years and more!

For memory, i have put this date into my calendar...

Lets use drupalcamp.de as belated celebration!


January 15, 2009
Gijs Nelissen (not verified):

Happy birthday to you ! Happy birthday tooo you !!!

and now in thai :

Yani yani hi hiiii !! Yani yani hi hiii !!

Happy B-Day drupal

January 15, 2009
Drupal Theme Garden (not verified):

Best wishes, and Drupal, happy birthday.
Also, congratulations to Dries.

January 15, 2009
John Breslin (not verified):

Happy birthday Drupal and thank you Dries!

January 15, 2009
kirie (not verified):

Thank you Dries for sharing Drupal with the world and for maintaining its steady course!

Happy birthday Drupal and all Drupal developers!

January 15, 2009
John (not verified):

Happy to be part of the last 3 years :)

Here's to 8 more!

January 15, 2009
Si Puedo (not verified):

Happy birthday Drupal and thank you Dries ;)

January 15, 2009
Tj Holowaychuk (not verified):

No more Drupal birthdays for me! :( it was a fun ride though. PHP is just far to stale for my liking, I dont enjoy working with it anymore.

January 15, 2009
Thomas (not verified):

Best Greetings to Drupals eighth Birthday from Germany!

I am just working with Drupal for 8 Months, but I wonder what I´ve done the last 7 Years and 4 Months :-), without Drupal!

I really love Drupal and the whole Drupal-Community! Thx to all of you!

January 15, 2009
Hagen Graf (not verified):

Happy Birthday!
Will we see pictures of drupalized cookies and/or cakes? :-)

January 15, 2009
Michelle (not verified):

Happy birthday, Drupal!


January 15, 2009
Versvs (not verified):

I came here looking for some info on Drupal 7 roadmap, but it looks like it was a good day to come :)

Happy birthday for Drupal and greetingz for the father(s) :)

January 15, 2009
Paul Booker (not verified):

Congratulations on your 8th birthday!

Thanks for the heads up Jamey!!!


January 15, 2009
Imre Gmelig Meijling (not verified):

Congrats! It's my birthday today too! ;-)

January 15, 2009
pebosi (not verified):

Happy Birthday, another good reason for http://www.pebosi.net/200901/one-month-give-love-back-drupal

January 15, 2009
Chessboxing (not verified):

Happy D-Day, oeps B-day. Belgium is proud on you!

January 15, 2009
jamey boje (not verified):

Congratulations happy 8th birthday!

January 15, 2009
Ilya V. Azarov (not verified):

Thanks for CMS.
Best wishes!

January 15, 2009
Ariane (not verified):

Hey Dries--

Congrats on the anniversary, it's really pretty amazing to think about! Thanks for everything you do for the community, it's truly a great thing. :-) See ya at DrupalCon!

January 16, 2009
Enric (not verified):

Hi Dries!

Congratulations!! I'm one of those hundreds of thousands of users that is using Drupal, and I'm proud of it!

Keep up the good work!

January 16, 2009
Tihomir Stojanovic (not verified):

Congratulations! :)

Our project wouldn't be the same without Drupal, and the Open source community.

Great job, great inspiration, and a lot of benefit for all of us.

Thank you.

January 16, 2009
Michael Skok (not verified):

Congratulations Dries!

You constantly prove how leading can be as much about listening as anything else, and quietly show your strength in bringing others along with you. It's a pleasure to be working with you. Here's to more of your great inspiration for Drupal, the community, partners and customers in the next 8 years!


January 16, 2009
DrupalSN.com (not verified):

Congratulations Dries!
Happy Birthday Drupal!

Don't know what I'd be doing now if it wasn't for Drupal, great work!!


January 16, 2009
Bart (not verified):

Congrats! Is it possible to download Drupal 1 somewhere, to relive the feelings of old? :-P

January 16, 2009
Birgit (not verified):

Congratulations and it was great meeting you in person at the DrupalCamp in Cologne. This weekend will surely boost Drupal development in Germany :))) Prost!

January 18, 2009
sun (not verified):

Yeeeha! Not to mention that we recently fixed the 8th issue on drupal.org on January 8th, approximately 8 days before the 8th birthday! 8)

What a nice birthday present! ;)

January 19, 2009
Svilen Sabev (not verified):

Happy birthday Drupal

I am having birthday on the same day.
I figure out today that my favorite CMS has it on the same day.

BTW: jQuery's birthday on 14 of January

Keep the code solid

January 19, 2009
Paul Gaskin (not verified):

Dries, congratulations. Drupal is a great achievement. The project is moving very quickly and the trajectory is right along the "middle way".

January 19, 2009
ridru (not verified):

Happy birthday DRUPAL!

Keep up the good work..


January 20, 2009
mos3abof (not verified):

Happy birthday drupal,
Happy birthday Dries.
Happy birthday everybody in drupal's community.

January 22, 2009