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How To Install WP-CLI on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install WP-CLI on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WP-CLI on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, WP-CLI is a command-line interface for WordPress, a popular content management system (CMS) used to build and manage websites. WP-CLI provides a set of commands that simplify tasks such as managing plugins, updating themes, and managing users.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the WP-CLI command-line interface for WordPress on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for WP-CLI.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install WP-CLI on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install wget apt-transport-https gnupg2 software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing WP-CLI on Ubuntu 22.04.

  • Method 1. Installing WP-CLI using Package Manager Ubuntu √

By default, WP-CLI is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of the WP-CLI to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install wp-cli
  • Method 2. Installing WP-CLI from the Source Code √

First, download wp-cli.phar using wget command:

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

Next, make the WP-CLI package executable, and run the following command:

chmod +x wp-cli.phar

Move it to somewhere in your PATH. For example:

sudo mv wp-cli.phar /usr/local/bin/wp

To verify the installation, run the following command:

wp --info


OS:     Linux #1 SMP Wed Dec 16 11:20:35 UTC 2021 x86_64
Shell:  /usr/bin/zsh
PHP binary:     /usr/bin/php8.1
PHP version:    8.1.0
php.ini used:   /etc/php/8.1/cli/php.ini
MySQL binary:   /usr/bin/mysql
MySQL version:  mysql  Ver 8.0.27-0ubuntu0.22.04.1 for Linux on x86_64 ((Ubuntu))
SQL modes:
WP-CLI root dir:        /home/wp-cli/
WP-CLI vendor dir:      /home/wp-cli/vendor
WP_CLI phar path:
WP-CLI packages dir:    /home/wp-cli/.wp-cli/packages/
WP-CLI global config:
WP-CLI project config:  /home/wp-cli/wp-cli.yml
WP-CLI version: 2.7.1

Step 3. Updating WP-CLI.

If there is a core update available, you can update the WordPress install using the following command below:

wp core update

Step 4. WP-CLI Commands Examples.

Here’s a table that summarizes some of the WP-CLI commands with examples:

WP-CLI Command Example
wp core download wp core download
wp core install wp core install --url=example.com --title="Example Site" --admin_user=admin --admin_password=password --admin_email=admin@example.com
wp plugin install wp plugin install jetpack
wp theme install wp theme install twentytwenty
wp post create wp post create --post_type=page --post_status=publish --post_title="Example Page" --post_content="This is an example page."
wp user create wp user create example_user example@your-domain.com --role=administrator
wp option update wp option update blogdescription "An example WordPress site"
wp plugin deactivate wp plugin deactivate jetpack
wp theme switch wp theme switch twentytwenty
wp post list wp post list --post_type=page --posts_per_page=5 --order=asc

Congratulations! You have successfully installed WP-CLI. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the WP-CLI command-line interface for WordPress on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official WP-CLI website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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