I discovered the Delete all module which gives you the ability to delete all the nodes of a given content type. However, with this module you can't delete a single node or a list of nodes.

In the question "Can I delete nodes of a given content type with Drush?" I found 2 answers talking about the command drush node_delete <nid> but I can't find this command.

I found in a discussion about node_delete() some code using eval to accomplish this task, but it is using eval:

drush php-eval "global \$user; \$user = user_load(1); node_delete(nid);"

In case that there doesn't exist a functionality implemented to accomplish this, what is the better way to implement this functionality: in the Drush module or create a new module?


4 Answers 4


If you use the Drush Entity module, then you may run drush entity-delete node 123 to delete nid 123 from your site.

EDIT: If somebody need to use the drush entity-delete command, should use the dev version of the module: https://www.drupal.org/project/drush_entity/releases/7.x-5.x-dev


Finally I create my own module named drush_delete

Inside the drush_delete.drush.inc file put this code:

 * @file
 * The Drush Delete drush commands.

* Implements hook_drush_command().
function drush_delete_drush_command() {
  $items['node-delete'] = array(
    'description' => dt("Delete nodes."),
    'aliases' => array('nd'),
    'arguments' => array(
      'nids' => dt('The nids of the nodes to delete'),
    'examples' => array(
      'drush node-delete 1' => dt('Delete the node with nid = 1.'),
      'drush node-delete 1 2 3' => dt('Delete the nodes with nid = 1, 2 and 3.'),

  return $items;

 * Callback for the node-delete command
function drush_drush_delete_node_delete() {
  $nids = func_get_args();
  $nids = array_filter($nids, 'is_numeric');
  $nids = array_map('intval', $nids);
  $nids = array_unique($nids);
  $nids = array_values($nids);
  $cant = count($nids);

  if ($cant > 0) {

    drush_print(dt("Deleted nodes:"));
    drush_print(implode(' ', $nids));
  else {
    drush_set_error('DRUSH_ERROR_CODE', dt("You must enter at least one nid"));

Install the module, run drush cc drush to clear the drush cache and use the command like this:

To delete a node use:

drush node-delete 1
drush nd 1

To delete multiple nodes use:

drush node-delete 1 2 3
drush nd 1 2 3

You can found the command in this module:



IMHO the easiest way is with php-eval:

drush php-eval "node_delete_multiple(array(NODE_ID));"


drush php-eval "node_delete_multiple(array(34));"     // for node/34

drush php-eval "node_delete_multiple(array(34, 35));" // for node ids 34 and 35
  • Thanks, but I think that if you have a drush command you can add arguments and option that maybe are needed. And you can add validations in a easy way. Oct 17, 2017 at 12:01
  • I love this answer. No custom drush command needed. Sep 5, 2019 at 17:55

If you want to delete all nodes use the range() function as

drush php-eval "node_delete_multiple(range(1,3000));"

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