Work with Drush

Drush is a command-line shell and scripting interface for Drupal, a veritable Swiss Army knife designed to make life easier for those who spend their working hours hacking away at the command prompt. Drush commands can, for example, be used to clear the Drupal cache, run module and database updates, revert features, perform database imports and dumps, and a whole lot more. You can reference the full set of Drush commands at If you have never used Drush before, you can learn more about it on the Drush GitHub Repository

  •'s Drupal templates have Drush installed automatically.

  • All custom environments can utilize Drush commands in the development process if they have drush configured as a composer requirement and added it to the environment's $PATH. See the section below on install Drush in custom projects

  • In addition, you can use the CLI to set up Drush aliases easily for all of your project's environments. See the section below on use drush aliases


Platform's CLI requires Drush 6 or greater.

Install Drush locally

Install drush with Composer:

$ composer global require drush/drush

At the end of the installation, you should be able to run:

$ drush

And see a list of available commands.

Install Drush in custom projects

Make Drush a project requirement

Run this command in the project's repository root folder:

$ composer require drush/drush

Then, commit and push.

Drush will then be available at vendor/bin/drush, in the exact same version on your local system and on

Add Drush to the project's $PATH

Add a new file named .environment to the root of your your project's git repository with this code:

# Statements in this file will be executed (sourced) by the shell in SSH
# sessions, in deploy hooks, in cron jobs, and in the application's runtime
# environment.

# Allow executable app dependencies from Composer to be run from the path.
export PATH=/app/vendor/bin:$PATH

Use drush aliases

Create Drush aliases

Drush aliases make it easy to manage your development websites. Here's an example of a Drush alias file.

The CLI generates Drush aliases for you automatically when you run platform get [project_id].

To see the aliases that are created, run platform drush-aliases and you should get output similar to that below:

$ platform drush-aliases
Aliases for My Site (tqmd2kvitnoly):

To recreate existing aliases, or after pushing a new branch via git to create the new alias, run platform drush-aliases -r