Drupal Connector

Drupal is an Open-Source Content Management Platform and Development Framework. It is written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal can be used to create and manage many types of Web sites.


This connector is an illustrative example of a generic connector between Sitecore Content Hub and any external system (e.g. Drupal). It aims to help developers better understand how to create their own custom connector.


This connector is for illustration purposes only. It will not be supported for all versions of Sitecore Content Hub or Drupal.

Drupal can be integrated with Sitecore Content Hub by using two plugins:

  • Iframedialog
  • Mconnector

These are available in a zip packet from: Drupal Connector.

This zip packet can be used to extend CKEditor and enable integration with Sitecore Content Hub, by offering Approved Assets in an iFrame for content creation in Drupal. Modules and plugin libraries perform this extension.

This installation requires running versions of Sitecore Content Hub and Drupal. For instructions on the installation of Drupal, please see Local server setup for further details.

Once the packet has been downloaded and unzipped the packet shows two further zipped folders; the libraries and modules:

the packet has been downloaded and unzipped the packet shows two further zipped folders; the **libraries** and **modules**

After these folders have been unzipped, they must be copied to the root Drupal folder, for example, if using the XAMPP web server, the path would be C:\xampp\apps\drupal\htdocs:

root folder in drupal

Start Drupal and navigate to Extend. Under the Custom menu, the options of Iframedialog and Mconnector are shown:

extend option in drupal showing iframedialogue and mconnector

After selecting these two options, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Install:

select iframe dialog and mconnector

Check that the two modules have been installed and enabled for use:

After the modules have been installed correctly move to the Configuration tab. On this tab select Text formats and editors under the CONTENT AUTHORING section:

configuration of drupal

Text formats and editors offers several options for text formatting using the CKEditor:

Text formats and editors offers several options for text formatting using the CKEditor

In this example, the Basic HTML is to be configured to include Approved Assets:

  1. Add a group to the Active toolbar, by clicking on the Add group button.
  2. Provide a name for the new group; in this example, Sitecore Plugin is entered.
  3. Drag and drop the Sitecore icon sitecore icon into the new group box
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the window and click on Save configuration:

drupal plugin gif


It is essential to make sure that the Restrict images to this site filters is not selected: enabled filters in configuration

Return to the Configuration tab and scroll down to the MConnector Settings:

mconnector configuration option

In the MConnector Settings, enter the URL of the Sitecore Content Hub instance appended with the culture and /sitecore-plugin/approved-assets. In this example: the URL is https://Sitecore_Instance.com/ ; the culture is en-us; finally /sitecore-plugin/approved-assets is appended. Click Save configuration:

enter the required url in the mconnector settings

In the Sitecore Instance, navigate to Manage. Select Settings and navigate to PortalConfiguration. Clicking on this section will extend the PortalConfigurations, choose the CORSConfiguration and add the URL of the Drupal instance. Click on Add and subsequently Save. In this example, the Drupal instance is a locally hosted machine, so the URL is https://localhost:

cors configuration of drupal instance

Once these steps have been completed, assets can be imported from the Sitecore Content Hub into Drupal using an IFrame to generate a Public link. For more information on Public links, please see Public Links.

On the Content page of Drupal, click on Add content and select Basic Page. Then use the Sitecore group button, created earlier, to display the Approved Assets.

Select the required Asset. If there is an existing Public link, click on the arrow icon arrow icon on the Asset on the Asset to create a new Public link or select the existing Public link:

public link icon on Asset displayed in iframe

Once the Public link has been created click on Select. If the Public link already exists click on Select to import the Asset in the Drupal content. In this example, a new thumbnail public link is created and selected for import into the Drupal Content:

importing an asset into Drupal content

Once the required action or actions have been completed, click on Save.

If no arrow is shown either click in the bottom left corner of the Asset and create a new Public link:

creating a public link in drupal using the connector

Or click on the Preview icon:

preview icon is shown in the drupal connector

A new modal opens with the option to Choose file to insert:

pick import drupal connector

Create a new Public link using the required rendition and utilize any cropping functionality desired:

insert image using drupal connect