In my server's root folder I have the folder www that contains sites of all my websites. All of these are Drupal.

Navigating into each folder and doing drush --no-backup up -y each time, can be both time consuming and tiring.

Is there a way to update all sites at once, with drush, instead of installing third-party software (like Ansible, IINW).

The command drush --no-backup up -y @sites won't help in this case, as it is aimed for multisites, and I don't work with multisites at all.

Update 1 - Note (might not be relevant when you read this question):

$aliases['mine'] = array(
'site-list' => array('@site1', '@site2')

The file containing it should be putted under public_html (or www) with permissions as 755 or 644.


First off, look to the trivial solution:

drush @site1 up -y --no-backup
drush @site2 up -y --no-backup

You don't need to install Ansible to start automating; simple bash scripts can be used to combine repetitive tasks very easily. If you are on Windows, you can install Git for Windows, which includes a Bash shell, or, if you really don't want to install anything at all, use a .bat file.

There is also a Drush solution: Drush can run the same command on multiple sites if you give it a list of aliases:

drush @site1,@site2 up -y --no-backup

If you have a lot of sites, you can make a site alias that is a list of site aliases:

$aliases['mine'] = array(
  'site-list' => array('@site1', '@site2')


drush @mine up -y --no-backup
  • About the direct drush solution - Just to try, in CentOS terminal I Went to www folder and did: drush @site1,@site2,@site3,@site4,@site5 --no-backup up -y but then I got "Warning: not found". – JohnDoea Sep 7 '16 at 15:43
  • Oh okay I get it, I need to give the folder names... – JohnDoea Sep 7 '16 at 15:44
  • Well, still "Not found" even when I did in www: drush @first.co.il,@second.co.uk,@third.com --no-backup up -y but then I got "Warning: not found" – JohnDoea Sep 7 '16 at 15:48
  • You need to define site aliases for all of your sites. See github.com/drush-ops/drush/blob/master/examples/… – greg_1_anderson Sep 7 '16 at 15:52

A solution I like that automates the process even further then what I described, is using the Unix cron to update Drush:

0 0 0 * 10  cd /var/www/html/example.com && drush up -y

Or, if You don't want backups:

0 0 0 * 10  cd /var/www/html/example.com && drush --no-backup up -y

These codes, go to the site dir and updates the site in the tenth day of each month.

As for now, I prefer give this direction for the user root's cron...

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