It's been awhile since I've upgraded my server and I'm setting it up from scratch. I'm using Ubuntu 19, apache 2 and PHP 7.2. My site is Drupal 7 which is still running php 5.6 in my old server. I'm in the process of installing drush via the command on the new server:

composer global require drush/drush:8

I'm not sure which version of drush I should be using or if I should even be installing via that method. What version of Drush should I be using for Drupal 7 and am I using the correct PHP version of 7.2?

  • "Please do not install Drush using composer global require" from docs.drush.org/en/8.x/install
    – 4uk4
    Jun 28, 2019 at 6:20
  • Hey Patoshi, asking to recommend tools is off-topic...
    – leymannx
    Jun 28, 2019 at 6:43

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Drush 9 does not work with drupal 7, but drush 8 does work with it. I installed it by creating a new ubuntu user and making sure composer is installed globally then install cgr via:

composer global require consolidation/cgr

then add to your ~/.bashrc file

export PATH="$HOME/.config/composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"


cgr drush/drush:8.x-dev --prefer-source

link: https://github.com/consolidation/cgr#installation-and-usage

Then I followed the tutorial here: https://docs.drush.org/en/8.x/install-alternative/

Install a global Drush via Composer

Follow the instructions below:

Install Composer globally.

Install the cgr tool following the instructions in that project.

Add composer's bin directory to the system path by placing export PATH="$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH" into your ~/.bash_profile (Mac OS users) or into your ~/.bashrc (Linux users).

Install latest stable Drush: cgr drush/drush.

Verify that Drush works: drush status

Please do not install Drush using composer global require. See Fixing the Composer Global command for more information.

  • fyi, this method still works as of 1/27/2021 Jan 27, 2021 at 16:44

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