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Accelerating Drupal Development with Drupal Console and Drush
Manish Saharan
22 Feb, 2022

We’ve written extensively (we’re into this stuff) about how Drupal 8 has not just modernized digital experiences for the user but also eased out development work for Drupal developers. In this article we’re going to discuss two such Drupal 8/9 utility tools that have massively simplified and improved the way you work with Drupal code, modules and installations – Drupal Console and Drush.

What is Drupal Console

Since the advancement of Drupal 8, it has become necessary to add a lot of boilerplate code to build a new module. Of course, you can simply copy and paste the code, but doing so repeatedly might open doors to a lot of errors. It’s ok. We’re human. Luckily, we have Drupal console – a suite of tools that you run on a CLI (Command Line Interface) that lets you automatically generate boilerplate code. It leverages Symfony Console and other third party components to generate most of the code needed to build a Drupal 8/9 module.

What is Drush

Drush (Drupal + Shell) is the original CLI tool for Drupal. It lets you spin up new Drupal websites easily and helps you streamline development and administrative tasks. Drush comes shipped with many easy-to-implement commands that lets you interact with your Drupal installations, themes, modules and more. Some of the other tasks that you can perform with Drush are exporting/importing configurations, caching, updating contrib modules, updating the database and much more. 

Drush works well with Drupal 6/7/8/9 and offers advantages of modern development practices. It helps save development time, both during migration of existing Drupal modules and while creating new ones thereby increasing productivity. Learn how to create your own custom Drush commands in this article.

Installing Drupal Console

Drupal console can be installed through various methods like composer, curl, phar etc. Here is an example of installing it using composer:

Install globally via composer

composer global require drupal/console

Site specific installation

    1. Navigate to Drupal site in CLI: 

cd /path/to/drupal_site

    2. Execute composer require command:

composer require drupal/console:~1.0 –prefer-dist –optimize-autoloader

Installing Drush

Drush can be installed through various methods as well like composer, curl or phar. Here is an example of installing it using composer:

Install globally via composer

composer global require drush/drush

Site specific installation

    1. Navigate to Drupal site in CLI:

cd /path/to/drupal_site

    2. Execute composer require command:

composer require drush/drush

Drupal Console Commands and Usage

Check out some of the most popular and helpful Drupal Console commands and when they can be used.

Drupal Debug Command

To identify the breakpoints while working on themes:

drupal debug:breakpoints {theme_name}

          Example: drupal debug:breakpoints bartik

To easily find the class and name of the service when working with services:

drupal debug:config:settings

To identify the fail point when you have painful broken blocks:

drupal debug:plugin block broken

Generate Custom Modules

Create custom modules within a minute using this command:

drupal generate:module  
  –description=”My Awesome Module”  

Generate Custom Form

Custom forms requirements are very common across projects. Creating custom form easily with this command:

drupal generate:form  

Generate Config Form

As like custom forms, we require administrator configured forms as well. With this command you can create them easily:

drupal generate:form:config  

Generate Controller

With custom forms you will need controllers. You can easily create custom controllers with this command:

drupal generate:controller  
“method”:”hello”, “path”:”/modulename/hello/{name}”‘  

Generate Custom Entity

Creating a custom entity does not have to be time consuming, With this command you can create it quickly and easily:

drupal generate:entity:content  
  –label=”Default entity”  

Generate Custom Service

This command helps you to create custom services:

drupal generate:service  

Create Content like user:create

To create a user from the back-end you don’t need to open the browser and login with admin and then create an account. Simply use this command to create a user in a jiffy:

drupal user:create  username password  

Generate Plugin like block

Drupal Console is also capable of generating many plugins like blocks. Here is an example of creating a custom block:

drupal generate:plugin:block  
  –label=”Default block”  
  –inputs='”name”:”inputtext”, “type”:”text_format”, “label”:”InputText”, “options”:””,
“description”:”Just an input text”, “maxlength”:””, “size”:””, “default_value”:””,
“weight”:”0″, “fieldset”:””‘

For more Drupal console commands and usage check these Available commands.

Most Popular Drush Commands

 drush cr
 To rebuild Drupal cache

 drush cim
 To import all the configuration files

 drush cex
 To export configuration files

 drush uli
 To login using one-time login url

 drush en  {module_name}
 Enables any module either custom or contrib or core

 drush pmu  {module_name}
 Disables and uninstalls any module

 drush pm:list
 Lists all modules with the package, module name, version and status

 drush updb
 To update the database after upgrade

 drush watchdog:list(ws)
 Lists all the watchdog messages

 drush watchdog:tail(wt)
 Continuous tail watchdog messages

 drush watchdog:tail –type=php
 Continuous tail watchdog messages with particular severity type

A Few More Cool Drush Commands

 drush status
 Provides an overview of the current Drupal installation

 drush generate
 As like Drupal Console, the drush generate command helps to   generate entities, plugins and more

 drush pm:security
 To check Drupal composer package for security updates

 drush migrate:status
 Lists all migrations with current status

 drush user:password {username}   {password}
 Sets user password

 drush user:block
 Helps block the user

 drush user:role:add
 Helps add user roles

 drush sql-dump
 Exports the Drupal database as SQL using mysqldump or equivalent.