wp dist-archive

Create a distribution archive based on a project's .distignore file.

For a plugin in a directory ‘wp-content/plugins/hello-world’, this command creates a distribution archive ‘wp-content/plugins/hello-world.zip’.

You can specify files or directories you’d like to exclude from the archive with a .distignore file in your project repository:


Use one distibution archive command for many projects, instead of a bash script in each project.


Use the wp dist-archive command by installing the command's package:

wp package install wp-cli/dist-archive-command

Once the package is successfully installed, the wp dist-archive command will appear in the list of available commands.

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Path to the project that includes a .distignore file.
Path and file name for the distribution archive. Defaults to project directory name plus version, if discoverable.
Choose the format for the archive.
default: zip
– zip
– targz

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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”, “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).
--[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.