wp import

Import content from a WXR file.

Provides a command line interface to the WordPress Importer plugin, for
performing data migrations.


Path to one or more valid WXR files for importing. Directories are also accepted.
How the author mapping should be handled. Options are ‘create’, ‘mapping.csv’, or ‘skip’. The first will create any non-existent users from the WXR file. The second will read author mapping associations from a CSV, or create a CSV for editing if the file path doesn’t exist. The CSV requires two columns, and a header row like “old_user_login,new_user_login”. The last option will skip any author mapping.
Skip importing specific data. Supported options are: ‘attachment’ and ‘image_resize’ (skip time-consuming thumbnail generation).

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# Import content from a WXR file
$ wp import example.wordpress.2016-06-21.xml --authors=create
Starting the import process...
Processing post #1 ("Hello world!") (post_type: post)
-- 1 of 1
-- Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:31:12 +0000
-- Imported post as post_id #1
Success: Finished importing from 'example.wordpress.2016-06-21.xml' file.

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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” or “docker-compose”).
--http=<http> Perform operation against a remote WordPress install over HTTP.
--user=<id|login|email> Set the WordPress user.
--skip-plugins[=<plugin>] Skip loading all or some plugins. Note: mu-plugins are still loaded.
--skip-themes[=<theme>] Skip loading all or some 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; add verbosity to WP-CLI bootstrap.
--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.