Last updated April 13, 2013.
A sandbox project is a module or theme that contains experimental code that is not yet ready for general use. Full projects are for general use. Any user who has obtained basic Git access on Drupal.org can create sandbox projects. To create a full project, or to promote your existing sandbox project to a full project, you must go through a one-time approval process.
Sandbox projects have most of the features of full projects; for example, a project page, a Git repository, an issue queue, the ability to appoint co-maintainers, and so on. There are a few key differences whose main purpose is to steer hapless end users away from stumbling across potentially insecure code.
Key differences between "sandbox" and "full" projects
- Sandbox project pages display an Experimental Project warning message with a yellow background.
- Sandbox project URLs are
node-id, rather than a human-readable short name such as
- You cannot create releases (downloadable files) of sandbox projects; the only way to obtain them is via Git.
- Sandbox projects do not appear in the Main project issue drop-down. To add an issue to a sandbox project, you must do it directly from the project's own issue queue.