wp media import

Creates attachments from local files or URLs.


Path to file or files to be imported. Supports the glob(3) capabilities of the current shell.
If file is recognized as a URL (for example, with a scheme of http or ftp), the file will be
downloaded to a temp file before being sideloaded.
ID of the post to attach the imported files to.
Attachment title (post title field).
Caption for attachment (post excerpt field).
Alt text for image (saved as post meta).
“Description” field (post content) of attachment post.
If set, media files (local only) are imported to the library but not moved on disk. File names will not be run through wp_unique_filename() with this set.
Use the file modified time as the post published & modified dates. Remote files will always use the current time.
If set, set the imported image as the Featured Image of the post its attached to.
Output just the new attachment ID.

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# Import all jpgs in the current user's "Pictures" directory, not attached to any post.
$ wp media import ~/Pictures/**\/*.jpg
Imported file '/home/person/Pictures/landscape-photo.jpg' as attachment ID 1751.
Imported file '/home/person/Pictures/fashion-icon.jpg' as attachment ID 1752.
Success: Imported 2 of 2 items.

# Import a local image and set it to be the post thumbnail for a post.
$ wp media import ~/Downloads/image.png --post_id=123 --title="A downloaded picture" --featured_image
Imported file '/home/person/Downloads/image.png' as attachment ID 1753 and attached to post 123 as featured image.
Success: Imported 1 of 1 images.

# Import a local image, but set it as the featured image for all posts.
# 1. Import the image and get its attachment ID.
# 2. Assign the attachment ID as the featured image for all posts.
$ ATTACHMENT_ID="$(wp media import ~/Downloads/image.png --porcelain)"
$ wp post list --post_type=post --format=ids | xargs -d ' ' -I % wp post meta add % _thumbnail_id $ATTACHMENT_ID
Success: Added custom field.
Success: Added custom field.

# Import an image from the web.
$ wp media import http://s.wordpress.org/style/images/wp-header-logo.png --title='The WordPress logo' --alt="Semantic personal publishing"
Imported file 'http://s.wordpress.org/style/images/wp-header-logo.png' as attachment ID 1755.
Success: Imported 1 of 1 images.

# Get the URL for an attachment after import.
$ wp media import http://s.wordpress.org/style/images/wp-header-logo.png --porcelain | xargs -I {} wp post list --post__in={} --field=url --post_type=attachment

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These global parameters have the same behavior across all commands and affect how WP-CLI interacts with WordPress.

Argument Description
--path=<path> Path to the WordPress files.
--url=<url> Pretend request came from given URL. In multisite, this argument is how the target site is specified.
--ssh=[<scheme>:][<user>@]<host\|container>[:<port>][<path>] Perform operation against a remote server over SSH (or a container using scheme of “docker”, “docker-compose”, “docker-compose-run”, “vagrant”).
--http=<http> Perform operation against a remote WordPress installation over HTTP.
--user=<id\|login\|email> Set the WordPress user.
--skip-plugins[=<plugins>] Skip loading all plugins, or a comma-separated list of plugins. Note: mu-plugins are still loaded.
--skip-themes[=<themes>] Skip loading all themes, or a comma-separated list of themes.
--skip-packages Skip loading all installed packages.
--require=<path> Load PHP file before running the command (may be used more than once).
--exec=<php-code> Execute PHP code before running the command (may be used more than once).
--context=<context> Load WordPress in a given context.
--[no-]color Whether to colorize the output.
--debug[=<group>] Show all PHP errors and add verbosity to WP-CLI output. Built-in groups include: bootstrap, commandfactory, and help.
--prompt[=<assoc>] Prompt the user to enter values for all command arguments, or a subset specified as comma-separated values.
--quiet Suppress informational messages.

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