WP-CLI: Require confirmation for search-replace

Worried about accidentally running a real search-replace command? Here’s how you can require confirmation for live-runs:

In your config file, add this:

  - /path/to/search-replace-confirmation.php

In /path/to/search-replace-confirmation.php, add this:


$configurator = \WP_CLI::get_configurator();
$argv = array_slice( $GLOBALS['argv'], 1 );
list( $args, $assoc_args, $runtime_config ) = $configurator->parse_args( $argv );

if ( 'help' === $args[0] ) {
    // no need to run any checks for help commands

if ( \WP_CLI\Utils\get_flag_value( $assoc_args, 'dry-run' ) ) {
    // no need to run any checks if we're already dry-running

if ( 'search-replace' === $args[0] ) {
        WP_CLI::confirm( 'Proceed with live run?' );

WP CLI: --skip-plugins

A few notes on skipping plugins with wp-cli.

Suppose you want to skip all except one, DONTSKIP:

wp user list --skip-plugins=$(wp plugin list --field=name | grep -v ^DONTSKIP$ | tr  '\n' ',')

If this will be repeated, you’d benefit from saving the ‘skip-list’ to a text file instead of running the nested command each time. This also allows you to update the skip-list relatively easily, if you don’t mind tighly squeezed comma-separated lists.

wp plugin list --field=name | grep -v ^DONTSKIP$ | tr  '\n' ',' > skipplugins.txt
wp user list --skip-plugins=`cat skipplugins.txt`

If it’s a permanent skip-list, save the keystrokes and processes by putting it in a config file (different options depending on how global you want that change: http://wp-cli.org/config/)

 - skip-me
 - skip-me-too

Fun with WP-CLI

A random collection of things you perhaps didn’t know you could do with WP-CLI.

Maybe you’ve imported an image before, but did you know you can import a whole directory just as easily? For example, if the directory is named ‘images’:

wp media import images/*

Sometimes you need to run a command based on a result set from another command. In many cases, you can do that by nesting the one in the other. For example, if you want to change the password for all users with the ‘author’ role.

wp user update $(wp user list --role=author --field=ID) --user_pass=password

Or go crazy and regenerate media for the featured image of all sticky posts.

wp media regenerate $(wp eval 'foreach( wp_parse_id_list( get_option("sticky_posts") ) as $id ) { echo get_post_thumbnail_id($id). " "; }')

Trying to run a command for each site in a multisite doesn’t have to be a chore. A little bash script can speed things along.


for url in $(wp site list --field=url)
	wp theme activate twentyfourteen --url=$url

Save that to a file, and run with bash: bash filename

You can do that in a one-liner as well, but that can make it harder to see what you’re doing, especially with more comprehensive commands.

for url in $(wp site list --field=url); do wp theme activate twentyfourteen --url=$url; done