wp scaffold theme-tests

Generates files needed for running PHPUnit tests in a theme.

The following files are generated by default:

  • phpunit.xml.dist is the configuration file for PHPUnit.
  • .travis.yml is the configuration file for Travis CI. Use --ci=<provider> to select a different service.
  • bin/install-wp-tests.sh configures the WordPress test suite and a test database.
  • tests/bootstrap.php is the file that makes the current theme active when running the test suite.
  • tests/test-sample.php is a sample file containing the actual tests.
  • .phpcs.xml.dist is a collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules.

Learn more from the plugin unit tests documentation.


The tests/bootstrap.php file looks for the WP_TESTS_DIR environment variable.

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The name of the theme to generate test files for.
Generate test files for a non-standard theme path. If no theme slug is specified, the directory name is used.
Choose a configuration file for a continuous integration provider.
default: travis
– travis
– circle
– gitlab
– bitbucket
Overwrite files that already exist.

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# Generate unit test files for theme 'twentysixteenchild'.
$ wp scaffold theme-tests twentysixteenchild
Success: Created test files.

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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.