wp term delete

Deletes an existing term.

$ wp term delete <taxonomy> <term>... [--by=<field>]

Errors if the term doesn't exist, or there was a problem in deleting it.


Taxonomy of the term to delete.
One or more IDs or slugs of terms to delete.
Explicitly handle the term value as a slug or id. --- default: id options:
  • slug
  • id ---


# Delete post category by id
$ wp term delete category 15
Deleted category 15.
Success: Deleted 1 of 1 terms.

# Delete post category by slug
$ wp term delete category apple --by=slug
Deleted category 15.
Success: Deleted 1 of 1 terms.

# Delete all post tags
$ wp term list post_tag --field=term_id | xargs wp term delete post_tag
Deleted post_tag 159.
Deleted post_tag 160.
Deleted post_tag 161.
Success: Deleted 3 of 3 terms.


--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.

Related commands

Creates a new term.

Deletes an existing term.

Generates some terms.

Gets details about a term.

Lists terms in a taxonomy.

Adds, updates, deletes, and lists term custom fields.

Migrate a term of a taxonomy to another taxonomy.

Recalculates number of posts assigned to each term.

Updates an existing term.