1. drupal
    1. 5 install.php
    2. 6 install.php
    3. 7
    4. 8
5 – 8 hook_requirements($phase)

Check installation requirements and do status reporting.

This hook has three closely related uses, determined by the $phase argument:

  • Checking installation requirements ($phase == 'install').
  • Checking update requirements ($phase == 'update').
  • Status reporting ($phase == 'runtime').

Note that this hook, like all others dealing with installation and updates, must reside in a module_name.install file, or it will not properly abort the installation of the module if a critical requirement is missing.

During the 'install' phase, modules can for example assert that library or server versions are available or sufficient. Note that the installation of a module can happen during installation of Drupal itself (by install.php) with an installation profile or later by hand. As a consequence, install-time requirements must be checked without access to the full Drupal API, because it is not available during install.php. For localization you should for example use $t = get_t() to retrieve the appropriate localization function name (t() or st()). If a requirement has a severity of REQUIREMENT_ERROR, install.php will abort or at least the module will not install. Other severity levels have no effect on the installation. Module dependencies do not belong to these installation requirements, but should be defined in the module's .info file.

The 'runtime' phase is not limited to pure installation requirements but can also be used for more general status information like maintenance tasks and security issues. The returned 'requirements' will be listed on the status report in the administration section, with indication of the severity level. Moreover, any requirement with a severity of REQUIREMENT_ERROR severity will result in a notice on the the administration overview page.


$phase The phase in which requirements are checked:

  • install: The module is being installed.
  • update: The module is enabled and update.php is run.
  • runtime: The runtime requirements are being checked and shown on the status report page.

Return value

A keyed array of requirements. Each requirement is itself an array with the following items:

  • title: The name of the requirement.
  • value: The current value (e.g., version, time, level, etc). During install phase, this should only be used for version numbers, do not set it if not applicable.
  • description: The description of the requirement/status.
  • severity: The requirement's result/severity level, one of:

Related topics


modules/system/system.api.php, line 2856

function hook_requirements($phase) {
  $requirements = array();
  // Ensure translations don't break at install time
  $t = get_t();

  // Report Drupal version
  if ($phase == 'runtime') {
    $requirements['drupal'] = array(
      'title' => $t('Drupal'), 
      'value' => VERSION, 
      'severity' => REQUIREMENT_INFO,

  // Test PHP version
  $requirements['php'] = array(
    'title' => $t('PHP'), 
    'value' => ($phase == 'runtime') ? l(phpversion(), 'admin/logs/status/php') : phpversion(),
  if (version_compare(phpversion(), DRUPAL_MINIMUM_PHP) < 0) {
    $requirements['php']['description'] = $t('Your PHP installation is too old. Drupal requires at least PHP %version.', array('%version' => DRUPAL_MINIMUM_PHP));
    $requirements['php']['severity'] = REQUIREMENT_ERROR;

  // Report cron status
  if ($phase == 'runtime') {
    $cron_last = variable_get('cron_last');

    if (is_numeric($cron_last)) {
      $requirements['cron']['value'] = $t('Last run !time ago', array('!time' => format_interval(REQUEST_TIME - $cron_last)));
    else {
      $requirements['cron'] = array(
        'description' => $t('Cron has not run. It appears cron jobs have not been setup on your system. Check the help pages for <a href="@url">configuring cron jobs</a>.', array('@url' => 'http://drupal.org/cron')), 
        'severity' => REQUIREMENT_ERROR, 
        'value' => $t('Never run'),

    $requirements['cron']['description'] .= ' ' . $t('You can <a href="@cron">run cron manually</a>.', array('@cron' => url('admin/logs/status/run-cron')));

    $requirements['cron']['title'] = $t('Cron maintenance tasks');

  return $requirements;