wp cli check-update

Checks to see if there is a newer version of WP-CLI available.

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Queries the Github releases API. Returns available versions if there are updates available, or success message if using the latest release.


Only list patch updates.
Only list minor updates.
Only list major updates.
Prints the value of a single field for each update.
Limit the output to specific object fields. Defaults to version,update_type,package_url.
Render output in a particular format. -– default: table options: – table – csv – json – count – yaml -–


# Check for update.
$ wp cli check-update
Success: WP-CLI is at the latest version.

# Check for update and new version is available.
$ wp cli check-update
| version | update_type | package_url                                                                   |
| 0.24.1  | patch       | https://github.com/wp-cli/wp-cli/releases/download/v0.24.1/wp-cli-0.24.1.phar |

Global Parameters

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.