wp package install

Installs a WP-CLI package.

Packages are required to be a valid Composer package, and can be specified as:

  • Package name from WP-CLI’s package index.
  • Git URL accessible by the current shell user.
  • Path to a directory on the local machine.
  • Local or remote .zip file.

Packages are installed to ~/.wp-cli/packages/ by default. Use the WP_CLI_PACKAGES_DIR environment variable to provide a custom path.

When installing a local directory, WP-CLI simply registers a reference to the directory. If you move or delete the directory, WP-CLI’s reference breaks.

When installing a .zip file, WP-CLI extracts the package to ~/.wp-cli/packages/local/<package-name>.


Name, git URL, directory path, or .zip file for the package to install. Names can optionally include a version constraint (e.g. wp-cli/server-command:@stable).
Retry downloads without certificate validation if TLS handshake fails. Note: This makes the request vulnerable to a MITM attack.

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# Install a package hosted at a git URL.
$ wp package install runcommand/hook

# Install the latest stable version.
$ wp package install wp-cli/server-command:@stable

# Install a package hosted at a GitLab.com URL.
$ wp package install https://gitlab.com/foo/wp-cli-bar-command.git

# Install a package in a .zip file.
$ wp package install google-sitemap-generator-cli.zip

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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.

Command documentation is regenerated at every release. To add or update an example, please submit a pull request against the corresponding part of the codebase.