wp role reset

Resets any default role to default capabilities.

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Uses WordPress’ populate_roles() function to put one or more roles back into the state they were at in the a fresh WordPress install. Removes any capabilities that were added, and restores any capabilities that were removed. Custom roles are not affected.


The internal name of one or more roles to reset.
If set, all default roles will be reset.


# Reset three roles.
$ wp role reset administrator author contributor
Restored 1 capability to and removed 0 capabilities from 'administrator' role.
No changes necessary for 'author' role.
No changes necessary for 'contributor' role.
Success: 1 of 3 roles reset.

# Reset a custom role.
$ wp role reset custom_role
Custom role 'custom_role' not affected.
Error: Must specify a default role to reset.

# Reset all default roles.
$ wp role reset --all
Success: All default roles reset.

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.

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