wp term delete

Deletes an existing term.

Errors if the term doesn’t exist, or there was a problem in deleting it.


Taxonomy of the term to delete.
One or more IDs or slugs of terms to delete.
Explicitly handle the term value as a slug or id.
default: id
– slug
– id

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# Delete post category by id
$ wp term delete category 15
Deleted category 15.
Success: Deleted 1 of 1 terms.

# Delete post category by slug
$ wp term delete category apple --by=slug
Deleted category 15.
Success: Deleted 1 of 1 terms.

# Delete all post tags
$ wp term list post_tag --field=term_id | xargs wp term delete post_tag
Deleted post_tag 159.
Deleted post_tag 160.
Deleted post_tag 161.
Success: Deleted 3 of 3 terms.

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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.