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Runs PHP's built-in http server for development.

  • Don't use this for production, it is neither scalable nor secure for this use.
  • If you run multiple servers simultaneously, you will need to assign each a unique port.
  • Use Ctrl-C or equivalent to stop the server when complete.


  • drush rs 8080. Start a web server on, port 8080.
  • drush rs Start runserver on, port 80.
  • drush rs [::1]:80. Start runserver on IPv6 localhost ::1, port 80.
  • drush rs --dns localhost:8888/user. Start runserver on localhost (using rDNS to determine binding IP), port 8888, and open /user in browser.
  • drush rs /. Start runserver on default IP/port (, port 8888), and open / in browser.
  • drush rs :9000/admin. Start runserver on, port 9000, and open /admin in browser. Note that you need a colon when you specify port and path, but no IP.
  • drush --quiet rs. Silence logging the printing of web requests to the console.


  • [uri]. Host IP address and port number to bind to and path to open in web browser. Format is addr:port/path. Only opens a browser if a path is specified.


  • --default-server=DEFAULT-SERVER. A default addr:port/path to use for any values not specified as an argument.
  • --browser[=BROWSER]. Open the URL in the default browser. Use --no-browser to avoid opening a browser. [default: 1]
  • --dns. Resolve hostnames/IPs using DNS/rDNS (if possible) to determine binding IPs and/or human friendly hostnames for URLs and browser.
  • --no-browser. Negate --browser option.

Global Options

  • -v|vv|vvv, --verbose. Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug
  • -y, --yes. Auto-accept the default for all user prompts. Equivalent to --no-interaction.
  • -l, --uri=URI. A base URL for building links and selecting a multi-site. Defaults to https://default.
  • To see all global options, run drush topic and pick the first choice.


  • rs
  • serve


  • An argument or option with square brackets is optional.
  • Any default value is listed at end of arg/option description.
  • An ellipsis indicates that an argument accepts multiple values separated by a space.