Hello World Program


We learn how to install the WP CLI. Now, Let’s create a simple WP CLI hello world program.

We are going to create a new plugin that contains the WP CLI hello world program.

Note: In this post, I’m focusing only on the main concepts. So, Not making the translation ready strings, not doing sanitization & escaping, also not adding class/function documentation, etc. Because I think beginners will not confuse the code.

E.g. For a beginner the code echo 'Hello'; is more understandable than esc_html_e( 'Hello', 'textdomain' );.

Create Empty Plugin

  • Create a new folder wordpress-examples into plugins directory /wp-content/plugins/
  • Create a file wordpress-examples.php and add the below code into it.
 Plugin Name: WordPress Examples
  • Now you can see our WordPress Examples plugin exists into the plugins list.
Hello World Program 1
Hello World Program 4

Now, Activate the plugin.

Hello World Program 2
Hello World Program 5

Register WP CLI Command

Register PHP class WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI e.g.

if ( ! class_exists( 'WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI' ) && class_exists( 'WP_CLI_Command' ) ) :
       class WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI extends WP_CLI_Command {



We have registered a new class WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI and extend it with WP_CLI_Command.

Add Example Command

Now let’s register the examples. E.g.

       WP_CLI::add_command( 'examples', 'WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI' ); 


We have used the function WP_CLI::add_command() to register our examples command.

The function WP_CLI::add_command() accepts 2 parameters. First paramter is the command name. Which is examples in our case.

And second is a callback class which is WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI

Add hello_world sub command

         public function hello_world( $args, $assoc_args ) {


We have added a function hello_world() with two parameters.

  • $args contain the arguments.
  • $assoc_args contain the associate arguments.

We will learn more about these arguments in upcoming articles.

NOTE: that we have set the function scope as public. Any function within the WP CLI class considers as a subcommand.
In class WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI If we add another function with public scope then it is considered as a subcommand.

Echo/Print String

              WP_CLI::line('Hello World');


We have used the function WP_CLI::line() to print the string Hello World.


Open command prompt/terminal. Go to your WordPress setup. I have set up WordPress in D:\xampp\htdocs\dev.test\

So, Execute the below commands:

  • cd D:\xampp\htdocs\dev.test
  • wp examples hello_world

You can see the output something like below:

Hello World Program 3
Hello World Program 6


  • cd D:\xampp\htdocs\dev.test – navigate to our WordPress setup.
  • wp examples hello_world – execute the command.

Complete Code

if ( ! class_exists( 'WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI' ) && class_exists( 'WP_CLI_Command' ) ) :
       class WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI extends WP_CLI_Command {

         public function hello_world( $args, $assoc_args ) {
              WP_CLI::line('Hello World');
       WP_CLI::add_command( 'examples', 'WordPress_Examples_WP_CLI' ); 

Understand Some Functions

  • WP_CLI::line() – Print the message on the command prompt.
  • WP_CLI::error() – Print the message and terminate the execution of the CLI command.

Let’s see it with the below example:

public function hello_world( $args, $assoc_args ) {
	// Simple message.
	WP_CLI::line( 'Hello' );
	// Error print here.
	WP_CLI::error( 'Testing the Error!' );
	// This not print due to above error message.
	WP_CLI::line( 'World' );

Now, If we execute the command then the output is as below:

λ wp examples hello_world
 Error: Testing the Error!

Here, the string World did not print because of the function WP_CLI::error() print the message and terminate the window.

Github Repository

You can also see the code with a well-written format on Github Repository WordPress Examples.

Create a first WP CLI Hello World Program in WordPress

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