How to delete post revisions?

The question:

I haven’t set a limit to the number of revisions, which makes some of my post have more than 20 revisions, so how to delete these revisions?

By the way, I am using WPMU and have many blogs, so how to delete WordPress revisions for all my blogs?

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 is a much safer query to use and will remove related entries from the postmeta and term_relationship, unlike deathlocks query in his answer.

Change the {id} to the id of each blog posts table. You can combine this query to run all the post tables at once, but try this on one table first. I’ve used it many times on single WP installs.

DELETE a,b,c
FROM wp_{id}_posts a
LEFT JOIN wp_{id}_term_relationships b ON (a.ID = b.object_id)
LEFT JOIN wp_{id}_postmeta c ON (a.ID = c.post_id)
WHERE a.post_type = 'revision'

After you run it, optimize the database in phpmyadmin.

And add this line near the top of wp-config.php to prevent future revisions:

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 0);

or save one revision:

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 1);

Method 2

There is also a plugin, WP Optimize that can help you do this

From the website:

WP-Optimize is a WordPress 2.9++ database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to optimize your database tables.

It allows you to remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments within few clicks.

Method 3

To delete all of your WordPress revisions, you could use this query:

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

Method 4

You could also add this code to your theme’s functions.php file:

if (!defined('WP_POST_REVISIONS')) define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3);
if (!defined('WP_POST_REVISIONS')) define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);

This code checks if WP_POST_REVISIONS limit has been set in wp-config.php, If it hasn’t then it passes a parameter to the function that limits post revisions. In the example above, posts are limited to 3 revisions.

This is a good solution when building themes for people who dont know how to (or dont want to) add code.

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Method 5

You can use the WP Sweep plugin to clean post revisions.
After activating the plugin, go to Tools » Sweep to clean up your WordPress database.

Method 6

Thanks for the answer, markratledge. Something in the syntax regarding the {id} did not work for me. I changed {id} to 4009, one of my post ids, but no success. I found a solution on

DELETE a,b,c FROM wp_posts a
LEFT JOIN wp_term_relationships b ON (a.ID = b.object_id)
LEFT JOIN wp_postmeta c ON (a.ID = c.post_id)
WHERE a.post_type = 'revision';

That worked fine.

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