I am installing Drush on my Mac following the instructions I found on https://linode.com/docs/websites/cms/drush-drupal/.

Everything works perfect, but I got stuck at the end while creating the symbolic link. Please find the error below.

Mudasirs-iMac:/ mudasir$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/src/drush/drush /usr/bin/drush

ln: /usr/bin/drush: Operation not permitted
  • You should look into homebrew it is a package manager for Mac. Basically, a tool for installing tools.
    – Eyal
    Jan 19, 2016 at 6:25
  • Another tool that you can use to install drush is composer. Which is a php package manager.
    – Eyal
    Jan 19, 2016 at 6:26
  • You simply don't have the permissions to usr/bin anymore as in earlier versions of mac. Use usr/local/bin instead. So the command should be adjusted to sudo ln -s /usr/local/src/drush/drush /usr/local/bin/drush instead.
    – leymannx
    Apr 24, 2018 at 13:38

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You can't write to /usr/bin on OSX (since Yosemite).

Add your symlink to /usr/local/bin instead, and make sure that's in your path.

ln -s /usr/local/src/drush/drush /usr/local/bin/drush
  • Thanks, how can I get to know that its in my path or how can I add this to my path
    – Mudasir
    Jan 18, 2016 at 14:14
  • Depends, but for bash: stackoverflow.com/questions/11025980/…
    – Clive
    Jan 18, 2016 at 14:32
  • @Mudasir, after creating the symlink into /usr/local/bin, just try typing "dru" and hit "Tab" key to see if it completes it to "drush". Then that means that /usr/local/bin is in your path. Also you can check by typing "echo $PATH" into terminal and find /usr/local/bin there. If it's not in your path environment, then simply follow the link Clive put above and add it to your path. Make sure you do "source ~/.bash_profile" or logout/login to your mac after changing .bash_profile to get the new path variable loaded.
    – Beebee
    Jan 18, 2016 at 15:06
  • Hi, thanks for you guys help, when I am looking for path it shows me /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin, I can find /usr/local/bin there, but while creating the symblink, I still have the same issue.
    – Mudasir
    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:42
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    True but some enterprising individual could have removed it @leymannx, was just covering all bases I guess :) Thanks for adding the command sample, I removed sudo as it's not required and may cause issues for some people
    – Clive
    Apr 24, 2018 at 14:07

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