September 22, 2022
A beginner’s guide to the Magento CLI.

Adobe deprecated the Web Setup Wizard in Magento versions 2.3.6 and above. So if you want to perform tasks like installing a Magento 2 theme or extension, you’ll need to use the Magento 2 command line interface (CLI).

In this guide, we’ll explain the basics of the Magento CLI and show you how to use it for daily tasks like managing your store cache and indexing.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

An Introduction to the Magento CLI

The Magento CLI is an open source tool that helps you manage the Magento application and its modules from the command line. You can do everything from installing Magento 2 to configuring and upgrading the application using the Magento CLI.

The Magento CLI is located in the <project-root>/bin/ directory of every Magento installation. You can access it from the Magento root directory using the following command:

$ php bin/magento

Note: Using “php” before bin/magento is optional. Your operating system will automatically find the global PHP variable to execute the command even if you leave it out.

The above command will output the Magento CLI help page to your terminal screen. You’ll see a list of all available commands and a brief description of each one as follows:

Magento CLI info page.

The Magento CLI Command Naming Convention Explained

Magento CLI commands use the following syntax:

$ command [options] [arguments]

For example, here’s a command you’ll use to deploy static content in Magento 2:

$ php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

In the above example, “setup:static-content:deploy” is the command name in the “group:[subject:]action” format.

The “group” is a set of related commands categorized based on a domain or workflow. One command group can have multiple subjects unique to its domain, and each subject can have multiple actions.

For instance, here are two different actions you can perform using the setup:config group and subject:

$ bin/magento setup:config:set

$ bin/magento setup:config:delete

Specifying an action in the command name is optional. You can execute some commands without an action, such as:

$ bin/magento setup:install

Magento CLI commands perform precise actions related to the configuration and management of a Magento store. But you can modify their behavior using options and arguments.

For example, here’s a Magento 2 CLI command with an option and argument:

$ bin/magento module:disable --force Magento_Catalog

Here, “module:disable” is the command name, “--force” is the option, and “Magento_Catalog” is the argument defining the module you want to disable.

10 Basic Tasks You Can Perform Using the Magento CLI

Here’s a quick rundown of 10 tasks you can execute with the Magento CLI.

Note: All commands demonstrated below must be run by the Magento file system owner.

1. Install Magento 2

You can install the core Magento application using the setup:install command. For example:

$ bin/magento setup:install \

--base-url= \

--db-host=localhost \

--db-name=magento \

--db-user=magento_user \

--db-password="****************" \

--admin-firstname=bob \

--admin-lastname=smith \ \

--admin-user=bob \

--admin-password=********* \

--language=en_US \

--currency=USD \

--timezone=America/Chicago \


2. Configure Magento 2 Cron

Magento 2 cron is essential for automated tasks like updating indexes on a schedule and sending out order emails. You can generate and install cron for Magento 2 using the following command:

$ bin/magento cron:install

And if you’d like to run cron jobs manually, you can do that by executing:

$ bin/magento cron:run

3. Manage Magento 2 Indexers

Magento uses indexing to update storefront data such as stock information, product pricing, and customer details to match the data stored in the database.

You can view all indexers on your store using the following command:

$ bin/magento indexer:info

Magento CLI indexer info command output.

Likewise, you can set the indexer mode type to “realtime” or “schedule” using:

$ bin/magento indexer:set-mode schedule [index-name]

You can also manually reindex the indexers using:

$ bin/magento indexer:reindex

4. Configure Magento 2 Security Features

Magento 2 includes several default security features, such as reCAPTCHA and Two-factor authentication. You can manage those features using the Magento CLI security group of commands.

For example, you can disable reCAPTCHA for admin users using the following command:

$ bin/magento security:recaptcha:disable-for-user-login

And you can reset Two-factor authentication for an admin user using:

$ bin/magento security:tfa:reset <username> <provider-code>

5. Deploy Static View Files

Magento generates static view files such as CSS and block HTML files and serves them from the cache in a production environment to improve store performance.

Here’s how you can deploy static view files in Magento 2 from the CLI:

$ bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

Optionally, you can modify the command to exclude certain themes and deploy static content for a specific store view as follows:

$ bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy en_US --exclude-theme Magento/luma

6. Manage the Magento Operation Mode

You can operate the Magento application in four different modes. For instance, if you’re testing code, you can run it in developer mode. And if you’re operating a live store, you can run it in production mode for better performance and security.

Here’s how you can set the Magento operation mode to production from the CLI:

$ bin/magento deploy:mode:set production

7. Configure Maintenance Mode

The Magento 2 maintenance mode disables access to the frontend during routine maintenance tasks like design and layout updates. Here’s how you can enable maintenance mode in Magento 2 from the CLI:

$ bin/magento maintenance:enable

Optionally, you can exempt some IP addresses from the maintenance mode using:

$ bin/magento maintenance:allow-ips <>

8. Manage Magento 2 Modules and Extensions

Magento’s modular architecture allows merchants to customize their store design and functionality using third-party modules. It’s no surprise that data from BuiltWith shows that 8% of the top 10,000 websites use Magento to power their online store.

Adobe provides various module management commands grouped into the module: category. For instance, here’s how you can check the status of all enabled modules on your store:

$ bin/magento module:status --enabled

9. Manage the Magento 2 Cache

Magento’s cache management system provides an easy way to improve Magento store performance. Magento uses different cache types such as layout, full page, and block HTML output.

You can view their status using the following command:

$ bin/magento cache:status

And to clear the Magento cache, you can use the following command:

$ bin/magento cache:clean

Magento cache clean command output.

10. Create New Admin Users

The Magento CLI lets you create new admin users without logging in to the admin panel. Here’s how you can add a new admin user from the CLI:

$ bin/magento admin:user:create \

--admin-user ADMIN-USER \

--admin-password ADMIN-PASSWORD \

--admin-email ADMIN-EMAIL \

--admin-firstname ADMIN-FIRSTNAME \

--admin-lastname ADMIN-LASTNAME

How To Add a Custom Magento 2 CLI Command

Like all things Magento, the Magento CLI is extensible as well. Here’s how you can add a custom command to the Magento CLI in five simple steps.

Note: All actions demonstrated below must be performed by the Magento filesystem owner.

Step 1: Create a Basic Magento Module

Log in to your server over SSH and create a custom Magento 2 module with a module.xml and a registration.php file.

Step 2: Create a di.xml File

Create a di.xml file in the etc/ folder of your module and paste the following code inside it:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">

<type name="Magento\Framework\Console\CommandList">


<argument name="commands" xsi:type="array">

<item name="CustomCommand" xsi:type="object">Nexcess\CustomModule\Console\Command\CustomCommand</item>





Step 3: Create a Command Class

Create a command class file called CustomCommand.php inside the app/code/<vendor>/<module>/Console/Command directory of your custom module containing the following code:


namespace Nexcess\CustomModule\Console\Command;

use Symfony\Component\Console\Command\Command;

use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputInterface;

use Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface;

class CustomCommand extends Command


protected function configure()



$this->setDescription('Custom command example.');



protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output)


$output->writeln("Hello World");



Step 4: Clear Magento Cache, Register the Module, and Recompile Code

Clear the cache, register your module, and regenerate Magento code using the following commands:

$ bin/magento cache:clean

$ bin/magento setup:upgrade

$ bin/magento setup:di:compile

Step 5: Test Your Custom Magento CLI Command

Your custom command is now ready to use. Verify it’s available by outputting the complete list of commands to your terminal using:

$ bin/magento list

Custom Magento CLI command.

Finally, test the command using:

$ bin/magento nexcess:helloworld

You should see the following output:

Custom Magento CLI command output.

Final Thoughts: A Beginner’s Guide to the Magento CLI

The Magento CLI might seem intimidating at first. But once you understand how it works, you’ll realize that you don’t need to become a developer to manage a Magento store, especially if you’re hosting your Magento store with managed Magento hosting by Nexcess.

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Maddy Osman
Maddy Osman

Maddy Osman is a WordPress expert, WordCamp US speaker, bestselling author, and the Founder and SEO Content Strategist at The Blogsmith. She has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa and is a WordCamp Denver organizer while also operating The Blogsmith, an SEO content agency for B2B tech companies that works with clients like HubSpot, Automattic, and Sprout Social. Learn more about The Blogsmith's process and get in touch to talk content strategy:

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