I’m trying to mass delete 4000 images in a wordpress website. WP itself sets the max to 999, which would work fine and take a few minutes to delete them via the backend. However, I get REQUEST URI TOO LARGE because the backend form uses GET instead of POST.
How can I use WP-CLI to perform the operation if it’s possible and ensure the integrity of the WP database. In other words, I don’t want to run an SQL command.
Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.
From the WP-CLI documentation about
wp post delete:
wp post delete --force $(wp post list --post_type='attachment' --format=ids)
wp post list for additional information.