Super Environment - Drush Aliases

Alias Directory

You can place the aliases.drushrc file either in the 'sites/all/drush' directory or your global environment drush folder (eg. /home/username/.drush) and the naming convention is 'group.aliases.drushrc.php' so I normally use 'project.aliases.drushrc.php' or 'client.aliases.drushrc.php' to group related sites.

Dev (/local)

Create an alias array defining your local development site:

$aliases['dev'] = array(
  'uri' => '',      // The uri as configured in you apache hosts
  'root' => '/path/to/web/root',
  'path-aliases' => array(
    '%files' => 'sites/default/files',

You can now (if you placed the alias file in your global drush directory) use drush from any directory, using:

drush status


drush cc all

Did you say any directory?!

Yep! Since you have defined you webroot in the global drush aliases file, you don't have to be in your webroot when running drush, and really, you don't even have to be on the same server...

Production (/remote)

To get the alias details for a remote machine, the easiest place to start would be to just ssh into it and run:

drush sa @self --with-db --show-passwords --with-optional

The result looks like this:

$aliases['self'] = array (
  'root' => '/path/to/drupal/root',
  'uri' => 'http://default',
  'path-aliases' => array(
    '%drush' => '/path/to/drush',
    '%site' => 'sites/default/', 
  'databases' => array(
    'default' => array(
      'default' => array(
        'database' => 'site_db',
        'username' => 'site_user',
        'password' => 'site_pass',
        'host' => 'localhost',
        'port' => '',
        'driver' => 'mysql',
        'prefix' => '',

You can just copy this directly into your local drush alias file and add remote details liek this:

$aliases['live'] = array (
  'uri' => '',
  'remote-host' => 'ip.or.domain',
  'remote-user' => 'ssh_user',
  'path-aliases' => array(
    '%files' => 'sites/default/files',

The result allows you to run drush commands locally and have them acting on a remote site.

Jiminy Cricket!

Optional extras:

  'remote-port' => 3201,

If you have a seperate port for mysql

  'ssh-options' => '-o PasswordAuthentication=yes',

If you can't use an ssh key

Syncing files

You can sync the files directory between sites:

drush rsync -y


drush -r /path/to/web/root rsync -y @self:sites/default

This post is mainly snippets and tips for me to remember drushrc tools in my day to day work.
Other (/better) blog posts are as follows: