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15th Nov, 2013
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How to install latest Drush 7 version? So you can use drush with the brand new Drupal 8.

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It is interesting how when you are trying to do something new in drupal you land up learning (and doing) other newer things!

At the code sprint in Drupal Camp Delhi 2013, I finally got myself started with Drupal 8. The first thing that I did after cloning drupal and moving to the 8.x branch was a

$ drush status

I expected to see something that said I was using Drupal 8.x-dev and of course some errors about no database found. But what I saw instead was the unexpected error below -

$ drush status
Drush 5.0-dev does not support Drupal . Use Drush 4 instead.

I asked around in the sprint room and thanks to the fellow Piyush, found that I need to upgrade to drush 7 in order to work with Drupal 8 (new thing learned #1). And the discovery about drush moving out of Drupal.org project infrastructure to github.com soon followed. Pretty cool news huh! (new thing learned #2).

Sidenote: I just created an issue at drush’s new home on github.com to request letting future ‘movers’ to Drupal 8 know that they need to get drush 7 over from github.com

The next thing I needed to do was upgrade my existing drush 5.x to drush 7.x, so I tried what I had used to upgrade drush from version 4 to 5 in the past

$ drush self-update

But nothing happened and I was still on version 5. So.. drush self update is not capable of taking your from version 5 to the latest version and to get to version 7 of drush (as of 15 November 2013) you actually have to install it directly from github (new thing learned #3)

I use ubuntu and I had originally installed drush with a

$ sudo apt-get install drush

which did everything for me and I was not sure where all the files were installed. I was keen to use the same location to install drush 7 alongside my existing drush 5 setup.

A quick

$ updatedb
$ locate drush | more
revealed many locations, two of which were important
/usr/bin/drush
/usr/share/drush/drush

It was clear that I needed to download and place latest drush files in my /usr/share directory and create a symlink to it in my /usr/bin directory, which the below commands did for me

$ cd /usr/share
$ sudo git clone https://github.com/drush-ops/drush.git drush7
$ sudo ln -sf /usr/share/drush7/drush /usr/bin/etc

And ah! - What a joy it was to move to the latest version of drush and Drupal :-) and I hope you make the move soon too.

$ drush --version
 Drush Version   :  7.0-dev

$ drush status
 Drupal version                  :  8.0-dev                                                                                  
 Site URI                        :  http://default                                                                           
 Database driver                 :  mysql