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What is wp-cli?

A set of tools for controlling WordPress installations from the command line.


  • PHP >= 5.3
  • WP >= 3.3



pear config-set auto_discover 1
sudo pear install

Via GIT:

git clone --recursive git:// ~/git/wp-cli
cd ~/git/wp-cli
sudo utils/dev-build

You can replace ~/git/wp-cli with whatever you want.


Go into a WordPress root folder:

cd /var/www/wp/

Typing wp help should show you an output similar to this:

Example usage:
	wp google-sitemap [build|help] ...
	wp core [update|help] ...
	wp home [help] ...
	wp option [add|update|delete|get|help] ...
	wp plugin [status|activate|deactivate|install|delete|update|help] ...
	wp theme [status|details|activate|help] ...

So this tells us which commands are installed: eg. google-sitemap, core, home, ... Between brackets you can see their sub commands.

Let's for example try to install the hello dolly plugin from

wp plugin install hello-dolly


Installing Hello Dolly (1.5)

Downloading install package from ...
Unpacking the package ...
Installing the plugin ...

Success: The plugin is successfully installed


On a multisite installation, you need to pass a --blog parameter, so that WP knows which site it's supposed to be operating on:

wp theme status --blog=localhost/wp/test

If you have a subdomain installation, it would look like this:

wp theme status

If you're usually working on the same site most of the time, you can put the url of that site in a file called 'wp-cli-blog' in your root WP dir:

echo '' > wp-cli-blog

Then, you can call wp without the --blog parameter again:

wp theme status

Adding commands

Adding commands to wp-cli is very easy. You can even add them from within your own plugin. You can find more information about adding commands in the Commands Cookbook on our Wiki.

Please share the commands you make, issue a pull request to get them included in wp-cli by default.



  • added wp user
  • added wp core download
  • added wp core config
  • added wp plugin update --all
  • added wp theme update
  • added wp db import
  • added --url --path and --user global parameters
  • various bugfixes


  • added wp eval and wp eval-file
  • added wp export
  • added wp core install
  • fixed wp core update
  • added --dev flag to wp plugin install
  • added wp plugin uninstall
  • fixed wp plugin install and wp plugin update


  • added wp sql
  • improved wp option
  • pear installer


  • added multisite support
  • improved wp plugin and wp theme
  • added wp generate
  • added wp core version
  • added wp --version
  • added bash completion script


  • initial release