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Install Composer and Drush on Mac OS X

By Sue Johnson

You can download and install composer using instructions here:

Alternatively you can install composer using Homebrew. Homebrew makes it easy to install software and manage updates. You can find instructions on how to install Homebrew here:

To install Composer using Homebrew, open up the terminal and type the following command:

brew tap homebrew/homebrew-php

Then type this command:

brew install composer

Now check Composer is installed:

composer --version

It should give you the version number.

Now open up ~/.bash_profile. You can do this with any text editor.

To use Vim type:

vim ~/.bash_profile

The file will open up.

Now press i (for insert mode) and copy and paste this:

export PATH="$HOME/.composer/vendor/bin:$PATH"

Press escape then hold down shift and press z twice to save and quit.

To get it to work, type:

source ~/.bash_profile

Or open a new terminal window.

You can then use Composer to install Drush:

Into the terminal type:

composer global require drush/drush

To check if Drush is installed, type:

drush status

That is it! Now you are ready to use Composer and Drush with Drupal.

If you want to install Drupal using the Composer template for Drupal projects you can follow the instructions here: