How to install DRUSH 8.x for Drupal 7 on a shared or dedicated server

These instructions are to share Drush amongst all sites in a shared server.

There are loads of resources on how to install Drush but it can all get a bit confusing, for example:

This documentation is for Drush 8.

# Browse to and download the drush.phar attached to the latest 8.x release.

At this time of this writing it’s 8.2.1 8.4.5


# Test your install.

php drush.phar core-status

# Rename to `drush` instead of `php drush.phar`. Destination can be anywhere on $PATH.

chmod +x drush.phar
sudo mv drush.phar /usr/local/bin/drush

# Optional. Enrich the bash startup file with completion and aliases.

drush init



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