I'm faced with the situation of needing to be able to publish content with Drush. Is there a way to use Drush to publish nodes? If there is, how can it be done?

  • Why do you need to publish with drush? How exactly do you want to input nodes through drush? And what kind of nodes are you expecting to generate? I mean, do you want to specify the title? The body? Empty nodes? Are you sure you need Drush? Maybe the Drupal API is enough - in this case see: drupal.org/node/889058 – Sifro Oct 15 '13 at 18:25
  • I don't need to generate content. Ideally in my scenario I'd like to be able to either target all nodes or a specific set of nodes by listing node ids. – Lester Peabody Oct 15 '13 at 18:43

I am not sure if that is available by default (found no result on searching), but one thing that you can do is declaring your own Drush command in 3 easy steps:

  1. Creating the Command File:

    ( Give the right name to the command file and place it into a folder that Drush will look, That name must end with .drush.inc (in our case it will be publish.drush.inc) and must be placed either in the folder of a custom module on your site (will work for that site if the module is enabled) or in the .drush folder in your server’s root directory).

  2. Declaring the Command Function: To declare a new Drush command you have to invoke hook_drush_command() in the file you created above and below the php opening tag. Example as below:

function publish_drush_command() {
$items = array();
$items['publish-content'] = array(
'description' => 'Publish content',
'aliases' => array('pc'),
'arguments' => array(
'type' => 'Nodes of this type will be published',
return $items;

Note: This command is declared in a file that has been placed in the .drush folder that resides in the VPS’s root folder.

Here we have declared a new command called publish-content (a new key in the $items array). The description and what’s included in the arguments key is what you will see when you run the drush help publish-content command. What’s actually helpful here is that you can also specify an alias (or shortcut) that can be run instead of the longer publish-content version. In this case, drush publish-content will equal drush pc.
3. Declare the Command Callback Function: Now you need to write the code that you want Drupal to perform when you run the custom command. The name of the function needs to be in the format: drush_command_name. (Note: dash in the command name becomes an underscore in the function name).

function drush_publish_content($type) {
  $nodes = node_load_multiple(array(), array('type' => $type));
  $count = 0;
  foreach ($nodes as $node) {
    if($node->status == 0) {
      $node->status = 1;
  if($count > 0) {
    drush_print($count . " nodes of the " . $type . " content type have been successfully published.");

  else {
    drush_print("No nodes of the " . $type . " content type were published.");

This callback function takes as argument the machine name of the content type of all the nodes we want published. This gets passed as a command argument like so (Example: pulish the contents of blog content-type):

drush publish-content blogs

Drush will then print out how many nodes have been published (displaying only the number of nodes that have been in fact affected by the command).

References: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-declare-your-own-drush-commands-with-your-vps


Publish a node in Drupal 8

drush php-eval '$node = node_load(123); $node->setPublished(true); $node->save();'

Publish a node node in Drupal 7

drush php-eval '$node = node_load(123); $node->status = 1; node_save($node);’

Publish all the nodes of a specific content type in Drupal 8

drush php-eval '$nodes = node_load_multiple(array(), array("type" => "here_the_type_name"));foreach($nodes as $node){ $node->setPublished(true); $node->save();}'

Publish all the nodes of a specific type in Drupal 7

drush php-eval '$nodes = node_load_multiple(array(), array("type" => "here_the_type_name")); foreach($nodes as $node){  $node->status = 1; node_save($node);}'

For drupal 8, this worked (via Dave Burns),

drush php-eval '$node = node_load(2); $node->setPublished(true); $node->save();'

In drupal 8 this can also be done via node name if the node id is unknown for some reason:

drush php-eval '$node=reset(\Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage("node")->loadByProperties(["title"=>"Test Page"]));$node->setPublished(true);$node->save();'

Also in drupal 8, if you are using the core Content Moderation Module, replace:




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