Drupal Tool: Beginner's Guide to Drush [Drupal + Shell]

What is Drush?

It is a Command line interface for managing your Drupal website. It can help you install modules, download modules, uninstall modules and much more all without even opening a web browser. It also cuts down on development/upgrade time significantly.

What can Drush Do for you?

  • Work with Drupal Core
  • Work with Fields (D7)
  • Work with Contrib modules
  • Work with Database
  • Work with Users

Drush Windows Installation

Drush is a great tool for quickly managing routine tasks with a Drupal installation. It allows you to search the drupal.org site, install Drupal, install modules, enable modules and much more.

It provides a convenient way to install Drush and the components it needs in order to run on Microsoft Windows.

Downlod Link for Drush 5.8
Drush Installation Guide.pdf

Installation in Windows 7/8

When installing drush using the Drush 5.8 Windows Installer, this screen will appear:

There are three boxes that are marked "X" (not installed). Click on Drush Setup dropdown.

Drush step2

Select "Entire feature will be installed on local hard drive" option

  • cwRsync Optional Componet box - this option will (with a few other tweaks) enable you to use the drush rsync command.
  • Register Environment Variables - this option will update the PATH so that git bash knows where to find the drush programs.
  • WinRM - For remote management of windows hosts.

We can also fix the issue after installing the drush, we need to determine the drush PATH. To fix this we need to ser the User Variables.

Environmental Variables

Go to My Computer » Properties » Advanced Systems Settings » System Properties » Advanced tab » Environmental Variables and paste the below folder paths into the Variable Value text box.

C:\ProgramData\Drush\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Drush\GnuWin32\bin;


Final testing

To test Drush's functionality in Drush Command Prompt, open a new Drush Command Prompt window and enter the drush command:

drush status

You should get something like:

PHP configuration :  C:\Program Files \Drush\Php\php.ini
Drush versio :  5.8
Drush configuration  :

Common Drush Commands

Here are some of the popular commands.

Command Description
drush status Shows the status of your Drupal Install
drush dl Download and install a drupal module. This defaults to the sites/all/modules directory.
drush en Enable a module
drush dis Disable a module
drush up Check for available updates, download updated modules, and run update.php
drush up Check to see if the specific module needs updating, and if so, download it and run update.php
drush dl pathauto && drush en pathauto -y Download Pathauto and its dependent module and enable it.
drush sql-dump --result-file=db-backup.sql Dump the entire Drupal database into a file called db-backup.sql. In other words, backup your database.
drush sql-cli < db-backup.sql Connect to the database server and run the commands in db-backup.sql. In other words, restore the database from db-backup.sql
drush cc all Clear all caches
drush vset preprocess_css 0 --yes Turn off CSS caching. This is useful when developing themes.
drush vset preprocess_js 0 --yes     Turn off JavaScript caching
drush cron Run cron
drush vset site_offline 1 --yes Put a site into maintenance mode (D6 only)
drush vset maintenance_mode 1 --yes Put a site into maintenance mode (D7 only)
drush vset site_offline 0 --yes Take a site out of maintenance mode (D6 only)
drush vset maintenance_mode 0 --yes Take a site out of maintenance mode (D7 only)

Other resoruces


Nice guide, and good to see

Nice guide, and good to see Drush getting some publicity. It is a great tool, been using it for a year now, and it has sped up my development time considerably. However, it is a bit un-complete to not have a OSX version of this guide on here, especially when it is so incredibly easy to install Drush on a Mac computer.

Jonathan Kempf due tp

Dijup Tuladhar's picture
Jonathan Kempf due to limitation of hardware, I couldn't do that. This link http://morten.dk/blog/got-crush-drush this will help to install it in OSX

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