I want to remove all users from the WordPress site using WP CLI except one (me, as administrator).

This command will remove all users:

wp user delete $(wp user list --field=ID --number=10)

Unfortunately (or not) no one has a role except the administrator. So I cannot filter based on this information.

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Found out you can pass the --exclude option to wp user list to exclude a user by their ID from the list. So let's assume your user ID is 2 then you could do the following:

wp user delete $(wp user list --field=ID --exclude=2)

And just to be sure all content gets reassigned to you that would be the following command.

wp user delete $(wp user list --field=ID --exclude=2) --reassign=2
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    If I need to exclude more then one user I can use something like --exclude=2,3?
    – natas
    Dec 5, 2019 at 12:16
  • @natas – Yes, exactly. You can simply try it out yourself with wp user list against wp user list --exclude=2,3,4,5.
    – leymannx
    Dec 5, 2019 at 13:15
  • what to add in --field=id May 2, 2021 at 19:21
  • WARNING: Don't use this if you intend to delete Users on a staging server. Perhaps I can save some troubles for others. I did not know it because I have a different coding background, but I cd to my staging folder and used wp user delete but it started to delete from my production server. It would have been correct to use wp_staging. Dec 4, 2023 at 18:10
    – leymannx
    Dec 4, 2023 at 18:18

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