After you connect to your account via SSH, you might need these commands for:

  1. Managing location

  2. Files and folders management

  3. Managing archives

  4. Managing databases

  5. Checking inodes and disk usage per directory

  6. Managing WordPress websites

Managing location

pwd (print working directory) - show the full path to the directory in which you are currently.


cd (change directory) - move from one folder to another.

cd directory_name
  • cd directory_name - go to this subfolder of the current folder

  • cd .. - go one level up

ls (list) - show the list of all files and folders in the current directory.

  • ls -a include hidden files (which begin with a dot)

Files and folders management

cp (copy). You can copy both files and folders.

cp copy_what copy_where

mv (move). Same as cp, you can move both files and folders.

mv move_what move_where

mkdir (make directory) - create a new empty directory.

touch - create a new empty file.

mkdir folder_name
touch file_name

rmdir (remove a directory) - delete the folder.

rm (remove) - delete a file. You can mention several files at a time.

rmdir folder_name
rm file_name

grep - find a specific text inside files.

grep -inrl 'text'

find - find files with a specific name.

find . -type f -name 'name*.php'

Managing archives

Create an archive

  • Create an archive of specific files:

ZIP: zip filename1.php filename2.php filename3.php
TAR: tar -cvf archive.tar filename1.php filename2.php filename3.php
TAR.GZ: tar -zcf NewArchive.tar.gz filename1.php filename2.php filename3.php

Where instead of archive type the name of the future archive, and after that - exact files which should be included.

  • Create an archive of the whole folder:

ZIP: zip -r DirectoryName
TAR: tar -cvf archive.tar DirectoryName
TAR.GZ: tar -zcf archive.tar.gz DirectoryName

Unpack an archive

ZIP: unzip
TAR: tar -xvf archive.tar
TAR.GZ: tar -zxvf archive.tar.gz

Managing databases

Import database file.sql to the database_username database.

mysql -u database_username -p database_name < file.sql

Export of database_username database to the file.sql file.

mysql -u database_username -p database_name > file.sql

Checking inodes and disk usage per directory

Show the inodes number for every subdirectory of the current folder.

find . -printf "%h\n" | cut -d/ -f-2 | sort | uniq -c | sort -rn

Show the disk usage per each subdirectory and file of the current folder.

du -shc * | sort -rh

Managing WordPress websites

Purge WordPress cache

wp cache flush
wp litespeed-purge all

Replace WordPress core files

rm -rf wp-includes
rm -rf wp-admin
wp core download --skip-content --force


backup=WP_`date +%s` && mkdir $backup && mv wp-admin $backup && mv wp-includes $backup && mv *.php $backup && wget && unzip && rm -rf wordpress/wp-content && mv wordpress/* . && cp -rv $backup/wp-config.php .


Even more commands with a detailed explanation of usage can be found here:

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