Delete WordPress Transients Using WP-CLI

WordPress utilizes Transients to manage the cache. If you are experiencing issues with cached pages or a plugin’s functionality, deleting the transients (stored in the database for the website) may resolve the issue. In this guide, you will learn how to delete transients, using the WordPress Command Line Interface (WP-CLI).

Delete Expired Transients Using WP-CLI

  1. SSH into your server as the cPanel user that owns the website you would like to delete expired transients for.

  2. Use the cd command to switch to the document root directory of your website.

    Example: cd public_html/my_website

  3. Run the following command:

    wp transient delete-expired

  4. The following output will be displayed once the command finishes running:

    exampl3@example.com [~/public_html]# wp transient delete-expired Success: 32 expired transients deleted from the database.

Delete All Transients Using WP-CLI

  1. SSH into your server as the cPanel user that owns the website you would like to delete all transients for.

  2. Use the cd command to switch to the document root directory of your website.

    Example: cd public_html/my_website

  3. Run the following command:

    wp transient delete-all

  4. The following output will be displayed once the command finishes running:

    exampl3@example.com [~/public_html]# wp transient delete-all Success: 38 transients deleted from the database.

Congratulations! Now you know how to troubleshoot caching issues by deleting expired WordPress transients in the database.

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