CMS::Drupal - Perl interface to the Drupal CMS


version 0.94


  use CMS::Drupal;           

  my $drupal = CMS::Drupal->new();

  my $database_handle = $drupal->dbh(
    'database' => "my_db",
    'driver'   => "mysql",
    'username' => "my_user",
    'password' => "my_password",
    'host'     => "my_host",
    'port'     => "3306",
    'prefix'   => "myapp_"


This module provides a Perl interface to a Drupal CMS website.

Since you can't do anything with Drupal until you can talk to the database, this module doesn't do anything with the constructor but return a new object. You can get a database handle to your Drupal by calling ->dbh() with your database credentials as parameters.

You will need the appropriate DBI driver installed to connect to your database. The DBI will hint at what you need if you don't have it, so long as you set the 'driver' parameter correctly.



Instantiates an object in the CMS::Drupal class.


Returns a database handle connected to your Drupal DB.


  • database

    The name of your Drupal database. Required.

  • driver

    The DBI driver for your database. Required, from [mysql|Pg|SQLite].

  • username

    The database username. Optional. Must be a string if supplied.

  • password

    The database password. Optional. Must be a string if supplied.

  • host

    The server where the DB lives. Optional. Must be a string if supplied.

  • port

    port on which to connect. Optional. Must be an integer if supplied.

  • prefix

    The prefix that you set in Drupal for your DB table names (if any). Optional. Must be at least two characters and end with a "_").


The following is taken from t/20_valid_drupal.t and explains how to have this module test against your actual Drupal installation.


     This is t/20_valid_drupal.t It tests the CMS::Drupal module against a real Drupal
     database. It looks in your environment to see if you have provided
     connection information.
     So if you want to test against your Drupal DB, you must set the variable
     in your environment, exactly as follows:
     required fields are 
       database - name of your DB
       driver   - your dbi:driver ... mysql, Pg or SQLite
     optional fields are
       user     - your DB user name
       password - your DB password
       host     - your DB server hostname
       port     - which port to connect on
       prefix   - your database table schema prefix, if any
     All these fields and values must be joined together in one string with no
     spaces, and separated with commas.
     You can set an environment variable in many ways. To make it semi permanent,
     put it in your .bashrc or .bash_profile or whatever you have.
     If you just want to run this test once, you can just do this from your
     command prompt:
     $ DRUPAL_TEST_CREDS=database,foo,driver,SQLite
     $ perl t/20_valid_drupal.t

End Quote

If you leave the environment variable set, in future you won't have to supply any credentials when calling this module's ->dbh() method:

  my $drupal = CMS::Drupal->new;
  my $dbh    = $drupal->dbh; # fatal error usually

It is not recommended to keep your credentials for a production database in your environment as it's pretty easy to read it ...



Nick Tonkin <>


This software is copyright (c) 2015 by Nick Tonkin.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.