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  1. using wp-cli
  2. useful wp-cli plugins
  3. userful core wp-cli commands list

What is wp-cli

A command line interface for WordPress

WP-CLI is a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations. You can update plugins, set up multisite installs and much more, without using a web browser.

Let's Install wp-cli

Download wp-cli.phar using curl or wget

curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar


wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar

Check if it works using following command

php wp-cli.phar --info

Now, we don't want to use php wp-cli.phar as command so let's put it somewhere in path so we can use it as wp.

chmod +x wp-cli.phar
sudo mv wp-cli.phar /usr/local/bin/wp

try running wp --info

For all command list run wp help you can also run help for subcommand wp help plugin

Refer: wp-cli homepage if any error occurs during installation.

Useful wp-cli plugin commands

So before you try this command go to your wordpress installation directory. (/var/www/{example.com}/htdocs/)

Let’s try to install the Hello Dolly plugin from wordpress.org:

wp plugin install hello-dolly


Installing Hello Dolly (1.5)

Downloading install package from http://downloads.WordPress.org/plugin/hello-dolly.1.5.zip ...
Unpacking the package ...
Installing the plugin ...
Plugin installed successfully.


wp plugin {command-name} {plugin-name} manage plugin.

Name Description
active Active a plugin.
deactive Deactivate a plugin.
delete Delete plugin files.
get Get a plugin.
install Install a plugin.
is-installed Check if the plugin is installed.
list Get a list of plugins.
path Get the path to a plugin or to the plugin directory.
search Search the wordpress.org plugin repository.
status See the status of one or all plugins.
toggle Toggle a plugin's activation state.
uninstall Uninstall a plugin.
update Update one or more plugins.


  • UNIX-like environment (OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Cygwin)
  • PHP 5.3.2 or later
  • WordPress 3.5.2 or later