How To Install Drush for Drupal on CentOS 7

Install Drush for Drupal on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Drush for Drupal on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Drush is “a command-line shell and scripting interface for Drupal. ” It is short for Drupal Shell. It’s possible to use Drush to get into Drupal, set up Drupal with a default or custom install profile, manage Drupal modules, syncs a local Drupal website with distant staging and production servers, and a lot more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Drush for Drupal on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Drush for Drupal on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Drush.

Method 1. Install Drush using Composer.

  1. Install Composer.
  2. Installing Drush CLI for Drupal on CentOS.
composer global require drush/drush

If you want to install a specific version of Drush follow the below command. For example Drush 7.1.0:

composer global require drush/drush:7.1.0

Verify Drush using the below command:

drush status

Update the latest release:

composer global update

Method 2. Install Drush using PHP-pear.

Run the below command to install pear:

yum install php-pear

Now run the following command to allow pear to recognize drush:

pear channel-discover pear.drush.org

Then install Drush using the below command:

pear install drush/drush

To verify that Drush is installed correctly, run the following command:

drush status

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Drush for Drupal. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Drush for Drupal on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Drush for Drupal website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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