wp dist-archive

For a plugin in a directory ‘wp-content/plugins/hello-world’, this command creates a distribution archive ‘wp-content/plugins/hello-world.zip’.

You can specify files or directories you’d like to exclude from the archive with a .distignore file in your project repository:

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Use one distibution archive command for many projects, instead of a bash script in each project.


Path to the project that includes a .distignore file.
Path and file name for the distribution archive. Defaults to project directory name plus version, if discoverable.
Automatically create the target directory as needed.
Choose the format for the archive.
default: zip
– zip
– targz

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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.