I wanted to use WP-CLI commands in my putty WordPress 5.5.1 & Ubuntu 20.04 Droplet but “When I use Wp commands without –allow-root then It shows an error that you are accessing as the root user,” and I know it’s un-secure to use –allow-root. Please Can anyone help me in accessing wp commands in my Putty without –allow-root.

  • Is root the only user on your droplet? You could (and probably should) create a less-powerful user, give it write access to your website, and then su {username} and use wp as that user instead.
    – Pat J
    Oct 17, 2020 at 18:43
  • I tried it and I create a user with "su adduser" and I know username & password but how can I access it, can log in in my ssh as I log in with root user, or I need to run some command to switch between user.
    – Sachin
    Oct 17, 2020 at 19:09
  • If you're logged in as root, you should be able to do su {username} where {username} is the username you set up. If you're root, it shouldn't ask you for a password.
    – Pat J
    Oct 17, 2020 at 20:33
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    Thank you brother, It worked and now, I can use Wp-Cli commands
    – Sachin
    Oct 18, 2020 at 3:50

2 Answers 2


You can do is to create an additional user and switch to it in order to use the wp-cli

  • Yeh! It worked...
    – Sachin
    Oct 18, 2020 at 3:49
  • Please upvote my answer and mark it as solution :) so users can benifit Oct 18, 2020 at 13:01

If you're logged in as root or sudo and want an easy way to use the wp commands without having to manually switch to another user (etc) you can create a shell function.

See Tom's answer here: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/424419/152624

function noroot() {
  sudo -EH -u "webuser" "$@";

noroot wp post list # <- runs as webuser not root

Or, just make an alias for wp in your .bashrc or such so that wp actually means:

alias wp='sudo -u [non-root-user-here] wp'

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