How can I get the existing content type list with drush? this will allow me to quickly produce a list.

I've tried with:

$ drush @d6 @sites genc --types

But I need devel_generates module enabled for this.

Command genc needs the following module(s) enabled to run: devel_generate.

up vote 7 down vote accepted

You can create a drush command named content-type-list. Create a module named drush_content_types, inside the file put this code:

 * @file
 * Drush commands related to Content Types.

* Implements hook_drush_command().
function drush_content_types_drush_command() {
  $items['content-type-list'] = array(
    'description' => dt("Show a list of available content types."),
    'aliases' => array('ctl'),
  return $items;

 * Callback for the content-type-list command.
function drush_drush_content_types_content_type_list() {
  $content_types = array_keys(node_type_get_types());

  drush_print(dt("Machine name"));
  drush_print(implode("\r\n", $content_types));

Install the module, run drush cc drush to clear the drush cache and use the command like this:

drush ctl


drush content-type-list

If you want add another alias to the command add elements to the aliases array like this:

'aliases' => array('ctl', 'all-content-types', 'act'),

And you can use this commands:

drush act
drush all-content-types
drush ctl
drush content-type-list

Always the output will be:

Machine name:
content 1
content 2
content n

You can try

drush sqlq "SELECT name FROM node_type;" if you want a list of names or

drush sqlq "SELECT type FROM node_type;" if you want the machine names used.

This works in D6 and D7.

The first line of the command's output will be name or type, respectively. Pipe |tail -n +2 if you want to drop that first line.

  • trying but get errors: $ drush @d6mg sqlq "SELECT type FROM node_type;" ERROR 1146 (42S02) at line 1: Table 'drupal6_mg.node_type' doesn't exist $ drush @d6mg sqlq "SELECT name FROM node_type;" ERROR 1146 (42S02) at line 1: Table 'drupal6_mg.node_type' doesn't exist – webmaster pf Jan 6 '14 at 11:16
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    @webmaster_pf, I just checked this again, works fine. Do you have a table_prefix on this site? What does drush sqlq "SHOW TABLES;"|grep type give you? – guaka Jan 9 '15 at 22:01
  • yes i have prefix but your command give me a list of tables .this is the right command :drush sqlq "SHOW TABLES;"|grep content_type – webmaster pf Jan 23 '15 at 9:27

Try the following commands.

Drupal 7 & 8

drush ev "print_r(array_keys(node_type_get_types()));"

Drupal 5 & 6

drush ev "print_r(array_keys(node_get_types()));"

If you know how to do it in Drupal, you just need to use drush eval:

drush eval '$types = node_type_get_types(); foreach($types as $type => $object) { print $type . "\n"; }'

See this list of drush commands for other useful examples using eval.

Edit: I see that the question was for Drupal 6, and node_type_get_types() is for Drupal 7 only. You may find and alternative for node_type_get_types() in Drupal 6, and eval will be the way to go.

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