Most Terminus commands requires a site name, which is derived from the site label you give it when you create the site from the dashboard.
Sites created through Terminus may have unique site names and labels.
The site name is all lowercase, with spaces in the site label replaced with dashes (
-). For example, the site name for the site "Anita Drupal" is
The site name is also found in the platform domain for any environment, formatted as
env-site-name.pantheonsite.io. For example, the Dev environment for the site "Anita Drupal" would show
You can also find your site's machine name using the Terminus command
site:info, and the site UUID. The UUID is in the URL of your site Dashboard (
https://dashboard.pantheon.io/sites/SITE_UUID#dev/code for example):
terminus site:info 2187b5ed...8dd90916d85b --field name
Quickly install updates to core, contributed modules, themes, and plugins from the command line with Terminus.
For instructions on how to resolve merge conflicts, see Upstream Updates
List available upstream updates:
If the environment's connection mode is currently set to SFTP with uncommitted work you want to keep, commit now before proceeding:
Set the environment's connection mode to Git so updates can be pulled into the site from Pantheon's upstream:
Apply available upstream updates for WordPress and Drupal core from the command line with Terminus:
Apply updates to all contributed modules, themes, and plugins via Terminus by setting the environment's connection mode to SFTP and invoking Drush (Drupal) or WP-CLI (WordPress) update commands. You can then use Terminus to commit updates to a development environment on Pantheon.
First, set the Dev environment's connection mode to SFTP:
Apply updates to all contrib projects:
Commit contrib updates to the Dev environment:
First, set the Dev environment's connection mode to SFTP:
Apply updates to all plugins:
Apply updates to all themes:
Commit plugin and theme updates to the Dev environment:
Terminus supports third-party plugins that extend it's functionality by adding new commands. The following example demonstrates usage of the Mass Update plugin to easily apply upstream updates (core updates) in bulk. For instructions on how to install Terminus plugins, see Extend with Plugins.
Install the Mass Update plugin, then use the
--dry-run option to review available upstream updates without applying them:
The output should be similar to this:
[notice] Found 3 sites. [notice] Fetching the list of available updates for each site... [notice] 3 sites need updates. [warning] Cannot apply updates to novasoft-drupal because the dev environment is not in git mode. [DRY RUN] Applying 2 updates to jessiem-drupal7 [DRY RUN] Applying 10 updates to superb-central
Resolve warning messages shown in the
--dry-run output by setting the connection mode to Git for each applicable site:
Review output then apply the mass update by removing the
When you're ready to test a new set of changes, use Terminus to deploy code from development environments up to the Test environment while pulling the database and files down from Live:
After testing changes, use Terminus to deploy code from Test up to Live:
There are a few scenarios where it may be useful to reset your Dev environment (codebase, files, and database) to the state of Live:
Development work that is not ready to go live has been committed directly to the Dev environment, blocking the deployment pipeline for other work ready to be deployed. After preserving work in progress on a local branch or on a Multidev environment you can unblock deploys by resetting the Dev environment to reflect the state of Live.
Code changes have been force-pushed or incorrectly merged into the Dev environment creating a large or complex Git history that you wish to undo.
The state of the Dev environment is stale or otherwise massively out of date with the Live environment with many unneeded changes you wish to abandon.
The Dev environment has been seriously corrupted and you would like to cleanly reset it to Live.
Start by cloning the site's codebase to your local machine if you have not done so already (replace
awesome-site with your site name):
Then automate the procedure for resetting Dev to Live by downloading the following bash script:
#!/bin/bash #Authenticate Terminus terminus auth:login #Provide the target site name (e.g. your-awesome-site) echo 'Provide the site name (e.g. your-awesome-site), then press [ENTER] to reset the Dev environment to Live:'; read SITE; #Set the Dev environment's connection mode to Git echo "Making sure the environment's connection mode is set to Git..."; terminus connection:set $SITE.dev git #Identify the most recent commit deployed to Live and overwrite history on Dev's codebase to reflect Live echo "Rewriting history on the Dev environment's codebase..."; git reset --hard `terminus env:code-log $SITE.live --format=string | grep -m1 'live' | cut -f 4` #Force push to Pantheon to rewrite history on Dev and reset codebase to Live git push origin master -f #Clone database and files from Live into Dev echo "Importing database and files from Live into Dev..."; terminus env:clone-content $SITE.live dev #Open the Dev environment on the Site Dashboard terminus dashboard:view $SITE.dev
Execute the script from the command line within the root directory of your site's codebase to reset Dev to Live:
The Site Dashboard will open once the reset procedure has completed.
Every site has an upstream assigned in order to deliver one-click updates in the Pantheon Site Dashboard. Terminus can be used to manage this site level configuration. There are a few scenarios where it may be useful to change a site's upstream:
To see all available upstreams, run:
If your organization has a Custom Upstream, you can use Terminus to switch existing sites over to the common codebase:
As a safeguard, Terminus will prevent a framework switch such as moving from Drupal to WordPress or vice versa.
To set an empty upstream for Composer managed sites, see Serving Sites from the Web Subdirectory.
After setting the upstream, you must bring in the new codebase by applying updates to the site. For details on how to apply updates, see the example usage above.