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Open a SQL command-line interface using Drupal's credentials.


  • drush sql:cli. Open a SQL command-line interface using Drupal's credentials.
  • drush sql:cli --extra=--progress-reports. Open a SQL CLI and skip reading table information.
  • drush sql:cli < example.sql. Import sql statements from a file into the current database.


  • --extra=EXTRA. Add custom options to the connect string (e.g. --extra=--skip-column-names)
  • --database[=DATABASE]. The DB connection key if using multiple connections in settings.php. [default: default]
  • --db-url=DB-URL. A Drupal 6 style database URL. For example mysql://root:pass@localhost:port/dbname
  • --target[=TARGET]. The name of a target within the specified database connection. [default: default]
  • --show-passwords. Show password on the CLI. Useful for debugging.

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.



  • sqlc
  • sql-cli


  • 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.