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The quickest CLI tool to setup a new WordPress locally. Wordless ready.


This is a ruby-gem, so we expect you have already installed ruby, since it is there by default on Mac and Linux; if it isn't the case, probably you'll like to take a look to rbenv.


The only prerequisite that's up to you is to have the right version of node installed. Refer to for the documentation.

The gem will try to nvm use into the theme during the process. If it won't work, it will fallback using global node version. If your global available node version won't match the required one, then the process will fail due to yarn compelling about version mismatch.


gem install wordless


wordless help

  wordless help [TASK]   # Describe available tasks or one specific task
  wordless new <NAME>    # Download WordPress in specified directory, install the Wordless plugin and create a Wordless theme


Create a new Wordless-enabled WordPress site in directory NAME. This downloads the latest stable release of WordPress (you can also specify a locale):

wordless new mysite
> wordless help new
  wordless new <NAME>

      [--force]                          # Overwrite existing WP-CLI / WP-CLI Server installation
  -l, [--locale=LOCALE]                  # WordPress locale
                                         # Default: en_US
  -b, [--bare=BARE]                      # Remove default themes and plugins
                                         # Default: true
      [--admin-user=ADMIN_USER]          # WordPress admin user
                                         # Default: admin
      [--admin-email=ADMIN_EMAIL]        # WordPress admin email
                                         # Default:
      [--admin-password=ADMIN_PASSWORD]  # WordPress admin password
                                         # Default: password
      [--db-user=DB_USER]                # MySQL database user
                                         # Default: root
      [--db-password=DB_PASSWORD]        # MySQL database pasword
      [--site-url=SITE_URL]              # Wordpress site URL
                                         # Default: http://localhost:8080

This command will:

  • Check if nodejs and necessary global modules are installed
  • Setup a new database
  • Install WP-CLI (prompt if already installed)
  • Download WordPress
  • Configure WordPress
  • Bootstrap and prepare a new Wordless theme
  • Make you a happier developer

A super short video to understand how much time a new development WordPress site should require to be up and running.


  • Be sure to have MySQL running before start the installation process: we have to create a database
  • Default db-password is no password. Use the --db-password= option if you have one
  • If a DB with the same name is already present, we will give up. Sorry.
  • If you attempt to download a WordPress localization that's outdated, the latest English version will be downloaded instead.
  • Not tested on Windows

Wordless < 2 ?

If you are still working with an old Wordless theme and you need the ruby-releated features of the wordless gem, you need to install the last version 1.x version released

gem uninstall wordless
gem install wordless -v '1.1.6'

and you can read the old README here

Running specs

bundle install && ./bin/ && rspec

We've noticed problems running tests while using rvm; all of them solved using rbenv. We have some clues about the problem, but we are ignoring it at the moment. We have switched the CI tool to sempaphore, which use rbenv, so pull requests will be tested in a working environement.

Need more tools?

Visit Wordpress Tools.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Add some specs
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new Pull Request


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(The MIT License)

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