Drush can be run in your shell by typing "drush" from within any Drupal root directory.

$ drush [options] <command> [argument1] [argument2]

Use the 'help' command to get a list of available options and commands:

$ drush help

For even more documentation, use the 'topic' command:

$ drush topic


For multisite installations, use the --uri option to target a particular site. If you are outside the Drupal web root, you might need to use the --root, --uri or other command line options just for Drush to work. If you do not specify a URI, Drush falls back to the default site configuration, Drupal's $GLOBALS['base_url'] will be set to http://default. This may cause some functionality to not work as expected.

$ drush --uri pm-updatecode

If you wish to be able to select your Drupal site implicitly from the current working directory without using the -l option, but you need your base_url to be set correctly, you may force it by setting the uri in a drushrc.php file located in the same directory as your settings.php file. This is broken - see

$options['uri'] = "";

Site Aliases

Drush lets you run commands on a remote server, or even on a set of remote servers. Once defined, aliases can be references with the @ nomenclature, i.e.

# Synchronize staging files to production
$ drush rsync @staging:%files/ @live:%files
# Syncronize database from production to dev, excluding the cache table
$ drush sql-sync --structure-tables-key=custom @live @dev

See example.aliases.drushrc.php for more information.