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Delete inactive WordPress Plugins and Themes using WPCLI

Deleting all inactive WordPress themes and plugins from your website is a recommended security practice. Even when deactivated, old, insecure plugins and themes might still pose a threat to the security of your WordPress website.

Here are oneliners to remove inactive themes and plugins from your WordPress website using WP-CLI.


List all inactive WordPress themes:

wp theme list --status=inactive
image - Delete inactive WordPress Plugins and Themes using WPCLI

Delete inactive WordPress themes:

wp theme delete $(wp theme list --status=inactive --field=name)
image 1 - Delete inactive WordPress Plugins and Themes using WPCLI

List inactive WordPress plugins:

wp plugin list --status=inactive
image 2 - Delete inactive WordPress Plugins and Themes using WPCLI

Delete inactive WordPress plugins:

wp plugin delete $(wp plugin list --status=inactive --field=name)
image 3 - Delete inactive WordPress Plugins and Themes using WPCLI
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