Is there a drush command to show existing aliases? Some Googling didn't turn up anything.

  • $ drush site-alias @self – monymirza Nov 15 '12 at 15:16
  • 'drush sa @self --full --with-db --with-optional' will generate a template that you can append to ~/.drush/aliases.drushrc.php for further use. Do not forget to change the key 'self' in the table by an unique alias name for your site. – Interdruper Aug 30 '16 at 16:28

You can use this in the terminal

drush sa

For example on my dev server:

- drush sa

The aliases are set in file called aliases.drushrc.php. For me this is located in /usr/local/share/drush/. Depending on how you installed Drush and on which distro you're on this may differ.

You can set up aliases in this fashion inside that file

$aliases['8080'] = array(

$aliases['w2'] = array(

$aliases['commons_3_dev'] = array(

For more fun, you can chain these together for server wide backups. For example, I do a big back up to all aliased sites like this

 drush sa | egrep "(@|default)" | egrep -v "(@none|@self) | xargs -L1 drush arb

Taken individually

 drush sa  # list site aliases
 | egrep "(@|default)"  # include default and any line containing a @ mark
 | egrep -v "(@none|@self)" # remove any lines with @none or @self 
 | xargs -L1 drush arb # with each line run drush archive-backup

To find path and other info, use a bit o' pipping:

drush sa | xargs -I {}  sh -c "echo {}; drush {} st"

To narrow it down to finding paths:

    drush sa | xargs -I {}  sh -c "echo {}; drush {} st" | egrep "(@|path)"
 Site path                     :  sites/8080.webtest2               
 File directory path           :  sites/8080.webtest2/files         
 Private file directory path   :  /var/www/drupal_private_files                   
 Site path              :  sites/default                                          
 File directory path    :  sites/default/files                                    
 Site path              :  sites/default                                          
 File directory path    :  sites/default/files 


A bit late but I wanted to say don't forget about drush @sites st. I believe the @sites parameter will act on everything found under the sites folder. Think

drush @sites cron -y # runs cron on each root/sites/site
drush @sites rf 
  • It would be handy also to know what filesystem path these sites map to from the sa command :) – user1359 Nov 15 '12 at 15:55
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    Try drush @alias st (for status) – Rick Nov 15 '12 at 16:01
  • yeah, but I don't want to have to check each alias individually to see if it's the one I'm looking for. I'm dealing with a lot of aliases in a multi-site, multi-user environment. The one I want may not even exist! – user1359 Nov 15 '12 at 16:05
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    Try this: drush sa | xargs -I {} sh -c "drush {} st" – Rick Nov 15 '12 at 16:10
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    Get creative with pipes and grep. Sometimes the simplest bash commands strung together will give you some wonderful information. – Rick Nov 15 '12 at 19:30

If you're like me you want all the details too…

Try drush site-alias --table or the shortcut drush sa --table.

Check GitHub or drush topic aliases for further info.

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    I know this is an ancient thread but if anyone lands here via google - the parameter is not --table but drush sa --format=table. And to save you some awk weight lifting you can use the --fields and --field-labels=0 options to keep things concise. – Dan Shumaker Apr 26 '18 at 14:39
  • @DanShumaker I haven't worked in on Drupal in a few years now. Feel free to give a new answer, and I'll upvote yours. – Rob Colburn Sep 4 '18 at 13:44

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