In a standard Drupal 8 environment, the current working directory is override and becomes the document root of the site. This is a bit troublesome for Drupal Console command implementations that wants to know where the command is running (e.g. import command need that to resolve the given relative path of the target file).

For example:

namespace Drupal\foobar\Command;

use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputArgument;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface;
use Drupal\Console\Core\Command\ContainerAwareCommand;

 * Class ImportCommand.
 * Drupal\Console\Annotations\DrupalCommand (
 *     extension="foobar",
 *     extensionType="module"
 * )
class ImportCommand extends ContainerAwareCommand {

   * {@inheritdoc}
  protected function configure() {
      ->setDescription($this->trans('Import something'))
      ->addArgument('file', InputArgument::REQUIRED, 'The file to import');

   * {@inheritdoc}
  protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output) {

    // **** here ****
    $file = $input->getArgument('file');

    // ...
    // ...


Now, consider a user running this command:

drupal --root=/var/www/html foobar:import ./foobar.json

You can virtually run this command anywhere in your system.

The relative path provided to argument $file (i.e. ./foobar.json) is expected to be resolved relative to the runner's current working directory. Normal PHP script can get the information from getcwd(). But in a Drupal Console environment, the function getcwd() returns the document root of the site.

The normal function getcwd() obviously don't work. Is there a way?

  • I doubt Drupal would have anything specific, do standard PHP solutions like __DIR__ not work? If not you'll probably have to trawl through debug_backtrace to get that kind of info at runtime
    – Clive
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 14:39
  • The constant __DIR__ specifies where the script is in. Not the working directory of the script caller. Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 2:44
  • The Drupal environment overrides the standard working directory variables so getcwd() wouldn't work as normal. That's why I need a Drupal-specific way to recover the original getcwd() value (if it exists). Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 2:46
  • The $_SERVER superglobal usually contains env vars when executing PHP from the shell.
    – Shawn Conn
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 2:48
  • I've checked. The superglobal $_SERVER does not provide any variable for a Drupal Console command to retrieve the working directory of the command runner. Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 2:51

1 Answer 1


For Drush you use $this->getConfig()->cwd()

As I found here https://www.drupal.org/project/drush/issues/297611

They may share enough for this to work.

Edit with a warning: If you are using Drush directly then this will work. If you are using Drush launcher then it may mess up this context. Generally /usr/local/drush or whatever is a launcher. if you call ./vendor/bin/drush it is not.

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