Last updated December 8, 2009. Created by yanis on February 27, 2009.
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Manual installation of Drupal can be painful and time consuming, especially for users lacking technical proficiency.

Some users may find that using a pre-integrated software appliance is an easier way to get up and running with Drupal, especially in combination with virtual machine software (e.g., VMWare, VirtualBox, Xen HVM, KVM).

A software appliance allows users to altogether skip manual installation of Drupal and its dependencies, and instead deploy a self-contained system that requires little to no setup, in just a couple of minutes.


  • TurnKey Drupal 6 Appliance: An open source Drupal 6 appliance based on Ubuntu, which auto-updates security patches daily and includes a web administration interface, SSL support, and a dozen popular/useful Drupal extensions (e.g., WYSIWYG editor) built-in.

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.


The turnkey appliance is a great idea in principle, but Drupal 6 is at 6.19, whereas even the current release candidate of the turnkey appliance is at 6.16 and more stable ones are older.

So is this really considered a useful option when setting up a development environment?