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Modules that influence the generation of a breadcrumb trail

Comparison of modules that customize the breadcrumb and make nodes and other content appear to be under a chosen menu item:

Hansel provides custom breadcrumbs which are build by user defined rules. These rules are independent from the menu system. Rules can have logic switches and can add links to the breadcrumbs.
Node Breadcrumb
Allows you to create rules which indicate menu location of nodes (and the breadcrumb), either with the admin UI, or with PHP code.
Taxonomy Breadcrumb
Automatically add term links (taxonomy/term/tid) to breadcrumb of nodes
Custom Breadcrumbs
Customization only for entire content types, manual enter of breadcrumb links
Menu Breadcrumb
fix for Drupal 6: add breadcrumb for all menu items from all menus
Menu Trails
Customization by content types and taxonomy terms. This module's main function is to implement primary/secondary links which keep the current menu trail "active" or highlighted.
Builds a breadcrumb trail by finding the parent of the current page, then the parent of the parent, etc, until it arrives at the home page.

Each step is based on a series of user-prioritized plugins representing menu hierarchy, taxonomy, system path, alias, pathauto rules, nodereference fields, custom token paths per entity bundle, and additional rules that can be defined in custom modules.

Menu position
Allows for the creation of rules that will dynamically add the current page into the menu system (and thus breadcrumbs) at the requested spots. Currently, the Menu position module provides "content type", "pages", "taxonomy", "vocabulary" and "language" plug-ins that allows conditions to be added to rules.
Breadcrumbs by path
Breadcrumbs by path uses the current URL (path alias) and the current page's title to automatically extract the breadcrumb's segments and its respective links
Easy Breadcrumb
Easy Breadcrumb uses the current URL (path alias) and the current page's title to automatically extract the breadcrumb's segments and its respective links
Path Breadcrumbs
Path Breadcrumbs module helps you to create breadcrumbs for any page with any selection rules and load any entity from the URL.

Modules that add functionality to an existing breadcrumb

Adds dropdown submenus to some breadcrumb items. Depends on Crumbs. Currently not actively developed. D6 only.



Feature Custom Breadcrumbs Menu Breadcrumb Path Breadcrumbs Menu Trails Taxonomy Breadcrumb Node Hierarchy Node breadcrumb Popup Clickpath Hansel TrailScout Crumbs Breadcrumb Menu position
Drupal 8.x - - - - - - - - - - - Planned -
Drupal 7.x  
Drupal 6.x - "unstable"  
Drupal 5.x -  
Usage >13k >16k >5k >9k >5k >2k >1k <1k <1k <100 <100 > 5k   >4k
*Last update August 23, 2010 March 11, 2010 Sep 29, 2013 March 16, 2010 April 16, 2010 August 27, 2010 October 22, 2009 June 30, 2010 April 4, 2010 August 24, 2010 January 7, 2009 March 2013 October 11, 2003 February 22, 2012
Documentation / README Readme   FAQ, Video Readme   Page   Page     Desc Doc    
Demo / screenshot - settings screen Video, screenshots screenshots - - screenshots - - screenshots demo -   screenshot
API, Hooks, classes available     API, CTools Plugins             Yes   Plugins  
User defined rules ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ?
 Admin UI                    
Token support   No        
Additional database tables                          
Breadcrumbs based on ...
Menu hierarchy ?   - - - - ? ? - ? ?   ? ?
Taxonomy ? - -   ? ? ? - ? ?   ? ?
Path alias ? ? - ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ?
Node reference / entity reference ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ?
Organic groups ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ?
Click history ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ? ? ?
Admin defined rules ? ?   ? ? ? ? ? ?   ?   ?  
Code-defined rules ? ?   ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ?
Prioritization of rules ? ?   ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? fine-grained hierarchical prioritization with wildcards via admin weights UI ? ?
Notes     Page Manager friendly UI. Ctools based. Cacheable.                   See: #481564 Makes you breadcrumbs and menus consistent. Due to the usage of the menu system it’s less flexible than other modules.

*Note: The most recent update to any of these modules' "Last update" dates was April 2, 2013.

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An alternative solution is the Taxonomy Module. This module creates a menu item for each taxonomy term in the system. This automatically gives you both downward navigation through menu items and upward navigation through breadcrumbs.

maybe some of the modules should join or the developers should cooperate - for beginners it's confusing ...

See: (13 modules)
This list should be updated.
Probably converted to some table with functionality comparison.

Sorry, but I can't edit this page anymore.
Because of images, which are not allowed to edit.
See: #916818: Re-enable the images on
If somebody interested with recent version of this table, send me an e-mail.

yeah, this is unfortunate..

Ok, now is fine. I can edit. Thanks.

The table overlaps with the right sidebar.
Would it make sense to split the table? If you put Module names on the left, and categories on top, then you could easily break it up.

Of course it would be psychologically wrong to have one module on top of the others.

I added a bunch of new table rows, which all happen to make my own module (Crumbs) look good. Still it does make sense to have these, I believe.
I put a lot of question marks for the other modules, because honestly I have no idea. Feel free to replace these with something meaningful.

This seems to be a useful breadcrumps module that should be added

Trond Hanssen
Head of development
Norwegian Cenctre for ICT in Education.