Status of Drupal 6

The official end of support for Drupal 6 has been announced, effective February 24th of 2016. This means that the official Drupal project will no longer continue to provide security and bug fixes for the platform.

Drupal 6 End-Of-Life: What Does It Mean?

If you continue to run a Drupal 6 website, this means that your software will no longer enjoy official security and bug patches directly from However, security updates are still available from the Drupal 6 Long Term Support project, although that support will also expire at some point.

What Are My Options?

Upgrade to Drupal 7 or 8. Drupal has always been intended as an evolving platform. It is expected that you should upgrade your website every few years in order to enjoy the latest technology and features. Having been released in 2008, Drupal 6 has had a good run and it is time to upgrade.

Continue to use Drupal 6. The end of official support does not mean the end of Drupal 6. Most low-risk websites kept up to date with D6 LTS (long-term support) updates will likely continue to run without issues for many years beyond the official end of support.

When making this decision, consider the importance of your website and the risk and exposure from a potential breach. To be on the safe side, consider commercial support from a Drupal support & maintenance company that has announced extended support for Drupal 6.

Move to another platform. Depending on the complexity of your website, the cost to upgrade to Drupal 8 can be in many instances comparable to the cost of starting again with a new website. Since Drupal 6 has been around for a while, these days it is possible to replicate much of the functionality of your Drupal 6 website on many popular platforms. The most similar and compatible platform to consider is Backdrop CMS, that originated as a fork of Drupal 7.

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Download & Use Drupal 6

If you still want to try Drupal 6, be advised that any code retrieved from the official Drupal website will have to be reviewed against D6 LTS security releases. 

Official Drupal core 6.38, and modules & themes.

You can also download the latest patched versions from the D6 Long-Term Support project:

D6 LTS Drupal Core, and all D6 LTS projects.