I am trying to install drush on my new computer and it's a mess
I'm on Mac Os High Sierra, with Mamp 5.3, PHP 7.2.14

I'm mainly interested in Drupal 7
On my previous computer, it was simple i just had to be on the htdocs folder and type : drush dl to download the latest Drupal 7 release

Now i had to install composer (v1.8.4) and then installed drush using this command : composer require drush/drush:dev-master
I ended up with this version of drush (v9.7.0-dev)
When i type drush dl i get this message :

dl has been deprecated. Please build your site using Composer. Add new projects with composer require drupal/[project-name]. Use https://www.drupal.org/project/composer_generate to build a composer.json which represents the enabled modules on your site.

I'm no advanced user (obviously), i just need drush to have persmission to execute basic commands to install a new drupal 7, install, enable, disable modules..

Here's the result of $PATH

Mac:htdocs Mac$ $PATH
-bash: /Users/Mac/.composer/vendor/bin:/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php7.2.14/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin: No such file or directory


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If you read the Drupal compatibility table in the docs, you'll see that the correct version for Drupal 7 is Drush 8. The installation instructions for Drush 8 are simple and clear, no Composer required - just download a phar file.

PS! If you are planning on maintaining Drupal 8 sites (with Drush 9) too, I recommend getting Drush Launcher.

  • I was reading this documentation page : docs.drush.org/en/master/install . Yours seem to be the appropriate one, thanks. Can i leave the drush 9.7.0-dev or should i uninstall it ? (if so, how ?)
    – NSTK
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 22:06
  • You should uninstall it. You can just replace it with the current version by running composer require drush/drush. This will install the current version of Drush. But note that with drupal 8, you cannot download modules with Drush anymore, you need to use Composer to download modules now.
    – Jaypan
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 22:21
  • The poster is asking specifically about Drupal 7 ... Regarding uninstalling the Drush (that was installed using Composer) - read drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/135599/… NB! If/when you are using Drupal 8, you should install Drush site-local, not globally. So no matter what you do, just remove the global Drush.
    – hansfn
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 23:05

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