wp find

Find WordPress installations on the filesystem.

Recursively iterates subdirectories of provided <path> to find and report WordPress installations. A WordPress installation is a wp-includes directory with a version.php file. Avoids recursing some known paths (e.g. /node_modules/, hidden sys dirs) to significantly improve performance. Indicates depth at which the WordPress installations was found, and its alias, if it has one.
$ wp find ./
| version_path                         | version             | depth | alias  |
| /Users/wpcli/wp-includes/version.php | 4.8-alpha-39357-src | 2     | @wpcli |

Available Fields

These fields will be displayed by default for each installation:
  • version_path – Path to the version.php file.
  • version – WordPress version.
  • depth – Directory depth at which the installation was found.
  • alias – WP-CLI alias, if one is registered.
These fields are optionally available:
  • wp_path – Path that can be passed to --path=&lt;path&gt; global parameter.
  • db_host – Host name for the database.
  • db_user – User name for the database.
  • db_name – Database name for the database.


Use the wp find command by installing the command’s package:

wp package install wp-cli/find-command

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


Path to search the subdirectories of.
Skip the paths that are ignored by default.
Include additional ignored paths as CSV (e.g. ‘/sys-backup/,/temp/’).
Only recurse to a specified depth, inclusive.
Limit the output to specific row fields.
Output a specific field for each row.
Render output in a specific format. -– default: table options: – table – json – csv – yaml – count -–
Log useful information to STDOUT.

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.