We break down the installation process for the WordPress Command Line Interface (WP CLI) into the following 3 steps.
Step 1: Check Requirements
Before you can WordPress Command Line Interface (WP CLI), you need to check that your environment has the following list of requirements:
- UNIX environment – Linux, for example, is the most popular web server and is likely what your WordPress site is hosted on. But, WP CLI is also supported by Mac (OS X), FreeBSD, Cygwin, and has a limited level of support for Windows.
- PHP >= 5.4
- WordPress >= 3.7
Step 2: Download wp-cli.phar file
SSH into your server and run the following command to download the wp-cli.phar file.
curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar
You can also use the
wget command if you prefer it over
Step 3: Make wp-cli.phar Executable and Move it to Use the wp command
To make wp-cli.phar executable, use the
chmod +x command. See the code below as an example:
chmod +x wp-cli.phar
You should be able to use wp-cli.phar as you would the wp command, for example, you could type the following command in your terminal and should get a response:
In order to use the
wp command as shown in the WP CLI documentation, move the wp-cli.phar file in your file path and set it to wp, as shown below:
sudo mv wp-cli.phar /usr/local/bin/wp
Now, you should be able to run
wp --info and get a result. And, you can do everything else that WP CLI is capable of, including installing plugins via the command line.