Importing using Drush
To import your website to Acquia Cloud using Drush, you must create a site archive file, and then import the file to Acquia Cloud.
Creating a site archive file
- Verify that Drush version 4.5 or later is installed. You can download Drush from GitHub. You may need to install Composer as a prerequisite for installing Drush.
- Go to the Drupal directory and enter the following command:
drush archive-dump --destination=../mysite.tar.gz
Drush saves the
mysite.tar.gzsite archive file to the parent directory of your current Drupal directory. If the command displays error messages, ensure that it has the required permissions to save files in that directory.
mysite.tar.gzto your local computer.
Importing the site archive file
To import your website to Acquia Cloud, select from the following import options, depending on the size of your site archive file (
Site archive file smaller than 100MB
If your site archive file is smaller than 100MB, you can use the Import feature on the Cloud > Workflow page.
For more information about the Import feature, see the Install the site archive into Acquia Cloud section of Importing your website using a site archive file.
Site archive file of any size
If the site archive file is too big to upload using the Workflow page, complete the following steps:
Verify that you've enabled SSH access to your Acquia Cloud server.
/mnt/gfs/[site].[env]/importon your Acquia Cloud server, using the following command:
scp mysite.tar.gz [site]@[server]:/mnt/gfs/[site].[env]/import
[site]is the name of your site on Acquia Cloud,
[env]is the Acquia Cloud environment (one of
[server]is the full DNS name of the server that hosts your site.
To find your
[server]name, view the Cloud > Users and keys page:
The site name is the string before the @ sign and the server name is the string after the @ sign.
Using SSH, log in to your server on Acquia Cloud.
[site]@[server]is the same value from step 2.
Import your website using the secure connection to Acquia Cloud.
drush @[site].[env] ah-site-archive-import /mnt/gfs/[site].[env]/↵
[site]is the same value from step 2.
[env]is the environment you're updating. Acceptable values are
After you import your site archive, you can import files to your website and check out a local copy of the website to your repository.