I'm using latest drupal 7 and civicrm.

I have an existing drupal/civi install which uses the same database, and i'd like to switch to having separate databases - is that possible?

The civi side is the important part fwiw.


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Do you mean separating the Drupal and CiviCRM database on an active installation? If possible the easiest would be to re-install with separate databases.

  • Yes - it's a long running civicrm installation which has been upgraded to current, but i now want to separate them.. if i installed civicrm fresh with separate databases, what would the transfer process look like? - i assume i can't just copy the civicrm_ tables across? Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 10:01
  • This might help: docs.civicrm.org/sysadmin/en/latest/misc/switch-servers Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 11:03
  • hmm ok - from the sound of that i perhaps can do the equivalent of copy the civicrm_ tables (minus a few) - thanks, i'll try following that. Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 11:14
  • I ended up following these instructions wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/… which has some manual elements, and it was successful. However, i also tried just duplicating the existing combined database (and removing the drupal tables, though that didn't seem critical) then referring to that from a drupal site with fresh standalone civi installed, and haven't noticed any issues.. is there anything i should be aware of doing that? Commented Oct 29, 2017 at 17:53

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