How to change user password with wp-cli?

The question:

wp-cli is great. But it’s not clear how I can quickly change a user password with it.

How to change a user’s password programatically can probably help to figure this out.

Although wp user update username --field=password is not gonna cut it, apparently md5 is deprecated so it should go through wp_set_password.

The Solutions:

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.

Method 1

This does the trick:

wp user update USERNAME --user_pass="PASSWORD"

(Found it here.)

Method 2

first check the user name:

wp user list

then change password without leaving traces in history

wp user update admin --prompt=user_pass

Method 3

Just to append one minor thing; sometimes the password may start with the = character. I prefer using this notation, just because of that.

wp user update USERNAME --user_pass="PASSWORD"

Method 4

I have found that sudo definitely changes the path, so I have tried using –allow-root without sudo and the commands work

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