I've been trying to install Drush for a while but have failed. I have no experience in command line applications.

I've seen quite a few tutorials:

but each one says that Composer is required. The catch, I can't seem to get Composer to work either.

Would I ever be able to install Drush, but still work around installing Composer?


  1. Windows 10
  2. Drupal 8.1.8
  3. Cpanel 56.0.33
  4. Php 5.59 (or higher according to this)
  5. Composer Manager 8x-10-rc

2 Answers 2


This is the simplest solution I have found.

If you don't want to use composer, follow the instructions here...


  1. Download a Drush release from Github to user folder

wget https://github.com/drush-ops/drush/releases/download/8.1.17/drush.phar

  1. Rename drush.phar to drush

mv drush.phar drush

  1. Find the bin directory

echo $PATH

which shows something like.... /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games

I’ll go with /usr/local/bin

  1. Move drush to the bin

mv drush /usr/local/bin/drush

  1. Change permissions to

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/drush

  1. Test with

drush version

  • 1
    OP is on Windows...
    – leymannx
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 20:44
  • Isn’t it advised to install Drush to the project level now and optionally install Drush Wrapper? Anyway if user is on Windows, wget isn’t going to work without additional steps. Better off with composer.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 3:19
  • Sorry, stuck this here for my own sanity more than anything. Some people don't want to use composer ostraining.com/blog/coding/composer-cms
    – Collins
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 11:36

Just follow the installation instructions on http://docs.drush.org/en/8.x/install/ No need for Composer to use Drush 8.

PS! Drush 9 is meant to be installed site local - as part of your Drupal installation - using Composer.


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