Drupal - Take Control module

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Take Control is an administrative module for the popular Drupal CMS created by me last year primarily for managing this very website. The module is currently in its 2.x series with major enhancements and features being introduced in its 2.0 release, notably featuring a full-fledged File Browser/Manager.

The original intent for creating the module was discussed by me in an earlier blog post:

The official page for the module on drupal.org is this:

The module package is available on the official module page listed above.

The current page you are viewing has been created as the permanent address for the module on my website, where I would provide updates on the module development status, and links to some other resources I have created for using the module. You can also use this for discussing with me any issues you face while using the module. However, please file all bug reports and feature requests at the official module issue queue.

You can find a video tutorial demonstrating the steps for installation of the module here:

I originally used FamFamFam icons for the File Browser, which I was not able to commit to the module's CVS because of licensing conflicts with Drupal. The module now ships with a default icon-set for the File Browser, that are GPL licensed. You can find addtional icon-sets for the File Browser here:

An online demo for the module is now available here:

Below are some of the screenshots for the module:

File Browser     Quick Permissions screenshot     Admin configuration


  • Jun 18, 2011 - Drupal 7 port of the module is now available. Please download and test the same from the official module page at drupal.org.
  • Apr 30, 2012 - A greatly enhanced Drupal 7 version of the module with ability to configure accessible paths per-role and per-user is now available. Please help test the latest dev version from here and report any issues you find to enable releasing a stable version with the new features:


Web 2.0: 


Rahul, let me be the first to say thanks for this module!  I can hardly wait to try it out on my site.  It's developers like you that make Drupal better every day.  Well done!

By Colin (not verified)
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Hi Colin, thanx for the feedback. I have just committed and created the 2.0-beta2 version of the module to the CVS. It is important that you download and install the latest version from the official module page.

By rahul

Hi Rahul,

I installed Take Control earlier today and it's absolutely perfect. The instructions were clear and very easy to follow. Thanks again, and keep up the awesome work!


By Colin (not verified)
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Thanx again Colin for the feedback, you probably might be interested in another of my modules that I would release on drupal.org over the next few days. That module is basically for documentation sites, allowing authorized users to attach and rate custom reference links to documentation pages.

One important thing while using Take Control is to remember not to abuse Drupal's design. I created this module because I was suffocated on how Drupal completely alienated me to my site's own files directory. But it is equally important to remember that Drupal does this for security reasons. You should keep custom permissions on the files directory only for the minimum duration for which you want to access it from your FTP or Hosting panel, and should be immediately restored to Drupal defaults after your task is complete.

Equally important to remember is not to change .htaccess in the files folder, and not upload executable code files (e.g. with .php extension etc) into the files folder using this module's Upload feature.

By rahul

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