Can be used as a development in an install profile to copy the current profile in a web directory, so it can be used similary as drupal-composer/drupal-project.

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Composer plugin to assist in installation profile development. This allows the install profile to be used as if your project is like drupal-composer/drupal-project, with your project being an install profile to test and being the root project.


This project is basically a rip-off of drupal-composer/drupal-scaffold. Thanks to the developers of that package for the inspiration.


Run composer require --dev digipolisgent/drupal-copy-profile:dev-master in your composer project before installing or updating drupal/core.

Once drupal-copy-profile is required by your project, it will automatically copy the install profile in the project directory to the correct profiles directory in an installed drupal site.

You can use this easily by requiring these packages in the require-dev section of the composer.json.

  • drupal/core
  • composer/installers
  • drupal-composer/drupal-scaffold

You'll also have to configure the drupal-scaffold paths as follows:

    "extra": {
        "installer-paths": {
            "web/core": ["type:drupal-core"],
            "web/libraries/{$name}": ["type:drupal-library"],
            "web/modules/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-module"],
            "web/profiles/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-profile"],
            "web/themes/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-theme"],
            "drush/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-drush"]


You can configure the plugin with providing some settings in the extra section of your root composer.json.

  "extra": {
    "drupal-copy-profile": {
      "excludes": [
      "profile-name": "lightning",
      "web-root": "www",
      "omit-defaults": false

With the drupal-copy-profile option excludes, you can provide additional paths that should not be copied from the root project. The plugin provides these default includes:


web-root is configurable through the options, but defaults to the location where drupal/core is installed. vendor-path is taken from the composer config and defaults to vendor

When setting omit-defaults to true, the default excludes will not be used; in this instance, only those files explicitly listed in the excludes options will be considered. If omit-defaults is false (the default), then any items listed in excludes will be in addition to the usual defaults.

The profile-name option allows you to set the install profile name. It defaults to the project name of the root package (the second part of the package name)

The web-root option allows you to set an alternative path to copy the profile to. It defaults to the install location of drupal/core, which should be fine.

Custom command

The plugin by default is executed on each composer install and update. If you want to call it manually, you can add the command callback to the scripts-section of your root composer.json, like this:

  "scripts": {
    "drupal-copy-profile": "DigipolisGent\\DrupalCopyProfile\\Plugin::copyProfile"

After that you can manually copy the profile according to your configuration by using composer drupal-scaffold.