How to Setup WP-CLI on WordPress Server

how to install wp-cli.phar on wordpress server without sudo

Setting up WP-CLI is super easy and can be done in just a few steps.


First download WP-CLI using curl or wget.

curl -O

Next check if it worked.

php wp-cli.phar --info 

To make things easier, make the wp-cli.phar file an executable.

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

sudo: command not found

If you don’t have sudo powers there are a number of things you can do:

Easy Way

You can use the relative path to the wp-cli.phar file.


Best Way

A better solution would be to create an alias to run the same command as above with less keystrokes.

Open up your .bashrc file and add this line to the bottom

# User specific aliases and functions
alias wp="~/wp-cli.phar"

Re-source your .bash_profile and run wp --info.

source .bash_profile
wp --info

You did it!

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