wp scaffold child-theme

Generates child theme based on an existing theme.

Creates a child theme folder with functions.php and style.css files.


The slug for the new child theme.
What to put in the ‘Template:’ header in ‘style.css’.
What to put in the ‘Theme Name:’ header in ‘style.css’.
What to put in the ‘Author:’ header in ‘style.css’.
What to put in the ‘Author URI:’ header in ‘style.css’.
What to put in the ‘Theme URI:’ header in ‘style.css’.
Activate the newly created child theme.
Enable the newly created child theme for the entire network.
Overwrite files that already exist.

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# Generate a 'sample-theme' child theme based on TwentySixteen
$ wp scaffold child-theme sample-theme --parent_theme=twentysixteen
Success: Created '/var/www/example.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/sample-theme'.

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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.