I haven't updated drush in awhile and looking to update it to the latest. I'm not exactly sure how it was installed originally. But when I do a which drush, it shows it resides in /usr/bin/drush

When I do a drush dl drush - I only get the option to upgrade to 7.x only.

How can I update it to Drush 9?

Can I just do a git clone of the drush repo from: https://github.com/drush-ops/drush

Then do I just do a checkout of the drush 9 tag? But how do I make it the default drush application to run? Or do I just overwrite the file in /usr/bin/drush?

FYI: My linux server admin skills aren't up to par.

  • What version of PHP is on your server? CentOS 5 only supports old versions, even with the IOS repos. You may not be able to get a recent version of drush to work.
    – mpdonadio
    Apr 29, 2016 at 20:26
  • I just got the server guys to upgrade it to 5.5.23 -- would I run into any issues? Apr 29, 2016 at 20:32

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drush dl drush downloads the obsolete version of Drush from drupal.org. Drush was never intended to be used to download Drush via the pm-download command, even when it was hosted on drupal.org; the fact that this works is more of an anomaly or coincidence than design.

To update to a newer Drush, follow the usual instructions in the Drush documentation. Since you already have Drush in usr/bin/drush, use this location instead of the location stipulated in the docs (usr/local/bin/drush).

wget http://files.drush.org/drush.phar
chmod +x drush.phar
sudo mv drush.phar /usr/bin/drush

The Drush at files.drush.org/drush.phar is always the most recent stable version of Drush. To download a specific version, visit https://github.com/drush-ops/drush/releases. There is a phar available with every release of Drush from version 8 and later. You can, of course, replace your /usr/bin/drush at any time that you need to upgrade.

  • what if i wanted to update it in the future? do i do the same thing? thanks greg! Apr 29, 2016 at 20:45
  • I'm actually getting a weird error after doing the upgrade like you said: prntscr.com/aygq6d --- when i run drush, it just says X-Powered-By: PHP/5.5.28 did i download the wrong one? Apr 29, 2016 at 20:50
  • Very weird, but it works when I'm not logged in as root. Any idea to why that is? Apr 29, 2016 at 21:12
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    Probably the simplest way would be to symlink /usr/bin/php-cli to ~/bin/php, and make sure that ~/bin is in your $PATH ahead of /usr/bin when you're logged in to your shell. Apr 30, 2016 at 0:38
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    Yes, good point. I have actually answered how to install Drush 8 here, missing that detail from the subject line. Drush 9 is, in fact the master branch of Drush. It was only recently forked, and is currently very similar to Drush 8 at the time of this writing. Folks will soon be in for a bumpy ride if they install it. Dev versions of Drush are generally usable (the maintainers all use HEAD of master for day-to-day work), but behavior can change without warning when you are on dev. Apr 30, 2016 at 13:43

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