• Drush version 8.x
  • Drupal 7 site


  • Mr. HtraenuRekaos has a text file with a list of Drupal contrib modules.
  • He wants to get the recommended-install version of all the modules in the list.
  • This list is not associated with any pre-existing site, and none of the modules are currently installed.


  • Mr. H has already looked at this SO post: Using wget to get the latest module version, but he does not want to use wget, he wants to use drush
  • Mr. H does not want to actually download or install the relevant modules, he only wants to get a list with the latest recommended D7.x version.


  • Is there a drush command that will turn before into after?


MODULE_NAME_HERE ;; RECCO_VERSION_HERE contrib_module_001 ;; __blank__ foobar_module ;; __blank__ htraenurekaos ;; __blank__


MODULE_NAME_HERE ;; RECCO_VERSION_HERE contrib_module_001 ;; 7.x-1.6 foobar_module ;; 7.x-2.2 htraenurekaos ;; 7.x-3.6

  • Drush will always download the "Recommended" latest version. So why bother keeping track of the actual version numbers?
    – No Sssweat
    Jan 19, 2017 at 0:58
  • @NoSssweat: because he wants to have a record for use with a git-tracked drush makefile.
    – dreftymac
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:23
  • In your make file, you could use put version: ~ so it automatically downloads the latest version. If you put version: '1.2' it will always download 7.x-1.2 even if a new version 7.x-1.3 is out.
    – No Sssweat
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:28
  • @NoSssweat: and if that newer version of the module has a regression or incompatibility with any other module on the site, you've got a potentially broken site.
    – dreftymac
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:34
  • true, but what if the newer version has a security or bug fix or adds a new awesome feature? I guess its a trade off.
    – No Sssweat
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:50

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Mr. H does not want to actually download or install the relevant modules, he only wants to get a list with the latest recommended D7.x version.

Well, at the very least, you can do:

drush @site.env up module_name --select for individual modules, you can also do:

drush @site.env pm-releases which has a load of options for output.


It has format options.

  • Just in case anyone is following along: drush pm-releases module_name_here --format=yaml does the trick. You have to crawl through the YAML though, and pull out the status key, and search for Recommended.
    – dreftymac
    Jan 19, 2017 at 4:39
  • I don't see any reason to go through YAML. Just use awk and the normal (table) output from Drush: drush pm-releases some_module | grep Recommended | awk '{print $2}' will return the version number.
    – hansfn
    Jan 29, 2017 at 23:36
  • @hansfn //I don't see any reason// -- having a structured data format such as JSON or YAML obviates the need to write one-off parsers or shell scripts, for those who wish to avoid the potentially brittle and easily-broken (and usually under-documented) "screen scraping" approach offered by tools such as awk, perl, and grep. not everyone will agree with this, but it is a reason
    – dreftymac
    Jun 15, 2017 at 16:18

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