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How to install Drush manually

This article describes how to install Drush manually. Although shared and reseller hosting accounts include Drush by default, it is an older version that may not work with the most recent Drupal versions. For example, Drupal 8 requires Drush 8.

The information in this article only applies to hosting accounts that use CageFS. To determine if CageFS is enabled for your account, please see this article.

Installing Drush on an account that has CageFS enabled

The Drush installation process uses composer, a PHP dependency manager. Therefore, if you have not already installed composer on your account, you must do so before installing Drush.

For information about how to install composer on your account, please see this article.

To install Drush on an account that has CageFS enabled, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account using SSH.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following command to install Drush:
    composer global require drush/drush:dev-master
  3. Type the following commands to add Drush to your path:

    echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
    source ~/.bashrc

    Drush is now installed on your account.

    • To confirm Drush installed correctly, type the following command:
      drush version

      Drush should display the most recent version number (at the time this article is written, version 8.1-dev is the latest version).

    • To update Drush to the newest version, type the following command:

      composer global update

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