Download WP CLI for Temporary Use & Also Run Against Custom PHP Version

Download WP CLI for Temporary Use

There are times when you log into the shell only to find out that the version of PHP WP CLI is outdated. Most common with cPanel mass hosting, they use a newer version of PHP for web and an outdated version for the CLI. Who uses CLI anyway? Well the pros do.

Applications of WP CLI

WP CLI is a command line interface for WordPress. It is efficiently used for managing a WordPress site without a web browser. There are commands to backup a site, update plugins, themes & WordPress core, search and replace WordPress database, etc. It is an effective tool for fixing a hacked WordPress site. For example, you can:

Reinstall infected WordPress Core via WP CLI

Step-by-Step guide to efficiently reinstalling infected WordPress Core using WP CLI

Reinstall infected WordPress Plugins via WP CLI

Step-by-Step guide to efficiently reinstalling infected WordPress Plugins using WP CLI

Download WP CLI

curl -O


php wp-cli.phar --info

Make it easier to call

sudo mv wp-cli.phar wp
chmod +x wp

Remember the directory where you downloaded CLI.

Add WP-CLI to the path.

export PATH=</path/to/wp-cli/directory>:$PATH

Test WP-CLI again

wp --info
OS:	Linux 3.10.0-693.11.6.1.ELK.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Jan 23 10:30:30 MST 2018 x86_64
Shell:	/usr/local/cpanel/bin/jailshell
PHP binary:	/opt/cpanel/ea-php56/root/usr/bin/php
PHP version:	5.6.40
php.ini used:	/opt/cpanel/ea-php56/root/etc/php.ini
WP-CLI root dir:	phar://wp-cli.phar/vendor/wp-cli/wp-cli
WP-CLI vendor dir:	phar://wp-cli.phar/vendor
WP_CLI phar path:	/home2/me/public_html/cgi-bin
WP-CLI packages dir:	
WP-CLI global config:	
WP-CLI project config:	/home2/me/public_html/wp-cli.yml
WP-CLI version:	2.0.0

Want to use a custom version of PHP with CLI? Newer PHP versions are typically faster and way faster than PHP 5.6.

With phpinfo(); you can find the Configure Command options. Look for bindir. It will be something like:


Set the WP_CLI_PHP environment variable to use your chosen php version.

export WP_CLI_PHP=/opt/php71/bin

If that doesn’t work, add this directory to your path and WP-CLI will use the newer PHP as long as you are in the same shell session.

export PATH=/opt/php71/bin:$PATH