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Reinstall WordPress Core using WP-CLI

We recently made a list of the most useful WP-CLI commands with examples and how to fix the most common WPCLI errors but there are a lot of maintenance tasks that can be done with WP-CLI that We haven’t included in this list.

One of those tasks is reinstalling WordPress Core using WP-CLI.

First, navigate to the directory where WordPress is installed and check the active version with

wp core version
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One of the most common reasons We reinstall WordPress core is because the website was hacked and We want to get rid of any malicious files inside wp-admin and wp-includes directories.

rm -rf wp-admin wp-includes
  • rm stands for remove and we are using
  • -r for recursive to delete all the subdirectories and files
  • -f for force without prompting.

To download the core files, while skipping the content folder (wp-content).

wp core download --force --skip-content --version=5.4.4
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You can also specify the locale if needed with –locale:

wp core download --force --skip-content --locale=en_US --version=5.4.4

That’s it.

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