The features module enables the capture and management of features in Drupal. A feature is a collection of Drupal entities which taken together satisfy a certain use-case.

Features provides a UI and API for taking different site building components from modules with exportables and bundling them together in a single feature module. A feature module is like any other Drupal module except that it declares its components (e.g. views, contexts, CCK fields, etc.) in its .info file so that it can be checked, updated, or reverted programmatically.

Examples of features might be:

  • A blog
  • A pressroom
  • An image gallery
  • An e-commerce t-shirt store

Compatibility Issues

The 7.x-2.x version

The 2.x branch greatly changes (and hopefully improves) the user interface of the Create/Recreate Features screen. In addition, it adds new functionality including:

  • Ability to write your feature export directly to the Drupal file system (like drush fu).
  • Ability to remove auto-detected items from your export.
  • Ability to work with conflicting features.

The 7.x-2.x version is very compatible with feature exports created from the 7.x-1.x version. However, User Permission features will need to be re-exported, and Field features will be split into Field_Base and Field_Instance exports the next time you export. See New Field Bases and Instances in Features for more info.

There are currently no plans to port this new interface or new functionality to Drupal 6.

Drupal 8

A 3.x version of Features is planned for Drupal 8 to integrate with the new configuration management system. If you simply need to export simple site configuration, the D8 configuration management system should be used instead of Features. You will use Features in D8 to export bundled functionality (like a "photo gallery feature"). Work on Features for D8 has started in Grayside's Sandbox just to keep the discussion separate from the current issue queue. Once development in the sandbox has progressed to the point of more general use, we'll bring the sandbox over here to the official Features project.

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