This post originally featured on the Echo & Co. blog.
As I’ve said before, we love drush. It’s hard to imagine doing Drupal work without it. If OS X is your workstation, it’s pretty simple to install with pear, as described on the project page. Let’s review that method and cover two others, git and Homebrew, and how to keep them updated.
All commands listed below are to be executed on the command line with the Terminal application. But if you use Drush regularly then you already knew that!
If you need introduced to Homebrew, or need help installing it, check out the Homebrew project homepage. The installation script is at the bottom.
Ready to install drush?
Yup, that’s it! Upgrading is simple as well, as explained in the Homebrew FAQ:
Whether you’ve installed your own copy of PHP with Homebrew, are using the one included with MAMP, or the version provided by OS X, drush is easy to install using the
If you are using the built-in php with OS X, you’ll need to prefix each command with
Homebrew Note: If you are using Homebrew and get an error about not being able to create a lock file, run the following command (change php54 to php53 if applicable):
touch $(brew --prefix php54)/lib/php/.lock && chmod 0644 $(brew --prefix php54)/lib/php/.lock
Continue by installing drush now that the channel is added:
Homebrew Note: If you do not have drush available in your path after installing, relink PHP and you should then have the symlink available in /usr/local/bin:
brew unlink php54 && brew link php54
Upgrading is also easy (again, if using the built-in PHP with OS X, prefix with
If you would prefer to keep track of the source code for Drush, or perhaps be a contributor, you will want to use Git so you can easily make and keep track of changes. If you do not have git installed on your system, install Xcode or Command Line Tools for Xcode and then proceed. These commands will clone the drush repository, checkout the latest stable tag, and create a symlink in /usr/local/bin:
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To update, fetch the latest code and grab the latest stable tag:
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If you have any questions or improvements, please leave a comment!