How do you install Drush on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) when the following command from Drush docs, doesn't work?

php -r "readfile('http://files.drush.org/drush.phar');" > drush
  • It would be very helpful if you included the error message as there might be several reasons why the command didn't work.
    – hansfn
    Jun 22 '16 at 11:34
  • "I think it was 'invalid operation'".
    – user16289
    Jun 23 '16 at 9:58
sudo wget http://files.drush.org/drush.phar
sudo mv drush.phar /usr/local/bin/drush
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/drush
# test drush by executing:
drush status

Note_1: For possible future releases --- If there will be non-Ubuntu version of WSL you might need to download the wget Linux utility to use it for downloading drush.phar.

Note_2: To those who have yet to install WSL - See this thread.


Better to follow this to require with composer: https://www.drupal.org/node/1248790

  1. Install composer globaly:

    $ curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php

    $ sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

  2. Require drush:

    composer global require drush/drush:7.*

The instructions in drupal.org also show how to add the path so you can use drush from everywhere.

Im working with WSL and it works great.

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