Published: December 13, 2013
Tutorial: How to Install CKEditor with Drupal 7
Back in the good old days (circa 2008, Drupal 6.3) there was me. Me and my Drupal installations. And not much of a clue about anything. Then I thought, if only I had a WYSIWYG editor, my life would be complete. Then I tried to install one (TinyMCE specifically) and lo!, my nightmares began in earnest.
These days, it's quite simple - in Who Wants to be a Millionaire terms ("it's only easy if you know the answer"). These days, I use CKEditor. Why? Well, it's going to be
in core for Drupal 8, so I thought I might as well get used to it, but since making that decision a year ago, I find it a very pleasant editor to use. Then there was a
damsel person in distress on Twitter wondering how to install it,
so I thought "time to jump into character and save the poor soul".
@AgentCD are you sure? I've never paid for it. Can you send a link to it being premium. Perhaps I should write a blog post on installing it.
@AgentCD are you sure? I've never paid for it. Can you send a link to it being premium. Perhaps I should write a blog post on installing it.— Mark Conroy (@markconroy) December 11, 2013
So, here goes.
- Download the CKEditor module for Drupal.
- This gives you a Drupal module to power the CKEditor WYSIWYG - it is NOT the editor itself, merely a bridge to it.
- Download CKEditor library from CKEditor.com.
- Extract the .zip folder you get from this.
- This is the editor itself. You need the Drupal module from 1 above to act as a bridge to this.
- Download the Libraries module for Drupal.
- In your sites/all/libraries module, drop in the CKEditor folder that you have downloaded from CKEditor.com, so you should have sites/all/libraries/ckeditor
- Enable the CKEditor and Libraries modules in your Drupal installation on your modules page.
- Take a bow. That should do it, now you can go to admin/config/content/ckeditor on your website and start playing with your sexy new WYSIWYG.