Management commands


Changed in version 4.1: This command has been renamed from publish_scheduled_pages to publish_scheduled and it now also handles non-page objects. The publish_scheduled_pages command is still available as an alias, but it is recommended to update your configuration to run the publish_scheduled command instead.

./ publish_scheduled

This command publishes, updates or unpublishes objects that have had these actions scheduled by an editor. We recommend running this command once an hour.


./ fixtree

This command scans for errors in your database and attempts to fix any issues it finds.

move_pages move_pages from to

This command moves a selection of pages from one section of the tree to another.


  • from This is the id of the page to move pages from. All descendants of this page will be moved to the destination. After the operation is complete, this page will have no children.

  • to This is the id of the page to move pages to.

purge_revisions purge_revisions [--days=<number of days>]

This command deletes old page revisions which are not in moderation, live, approved to go live, or the latest revision for a page. If the days argument is supplied, only revisions older than the specified number of days will be deleted.


./ update_index [--backend <backend name>]

This command rebuilds the search index from scratch.

It is recommended to run this command once a week and at the following times:

  • whenever any pages have been created through a script (after an import, for example)

  • whenever any changes have been made to models or search configuration

The search may not return any results while this command is running, so avoid running it at peak times.

Specifying which backend to update

By default, update_index will rebuild all the search indexes listed in WAGTAILSEARCH_BACKENDS.

If you have multiple backends and would only like to update one of them, you can use the --backend option.

For example, to update just the default backend:

python update_index --backend default

The --chunk_size option can be used to set the size of chunks that are indexed at a time. This defaults to 1000 but may need to be reduced for larger document sizes.

Indexing the schema only

You can prevent the update_index command from indexing any data by using the --schema-only option:

python update_index --schema-only

Silencing the command

You can prevent logs to the console by providing --verbosity 0 as an argument:

$ python update_index --verbosity 0

If this is omitted or provided with any number above 0 it will produce the same logs.


An alias for the update_index command that can be used when another installed package (such as Haystack) provides a command named update_index. In this case, the other package’s entry in INSTALLED_APPS should appear above so that its update_index command takes precedence over Wagtail’s.


./ rebuild_references_index

This command populates the table that tracks cross-references between objects, used for the usage reports on images, documents and snippets. This table is updated automatically saving objects, but it is recommended to run this command periodically to ensure that the data remains consistent.


./ search_garbage_collect

Wagtail keeps a log of search queries that are popular on your website. On high traffic websites, this log may get big and you may want to clean out old search queries. This command cleans out all search query logs that are more than one week old (or a number of days configurable through the WAGTAILSEARCH_HITS_MAX_AGE setting).


./ wagtail_update_image_renditions

This command provides the ability to regenerate image renditions. This is useful if you have deployed to a server where the image renditions have not yet been generated or you have changed the underlying image rendition behaviour and need to ensure all renditions are created again.

This does not remove rendition images that are unused, this can be done by clearing the folder using rm -rf or similar, once this is done you can then use the management command to generate the renditions.


  • –purge-only : This argument will purge all image renditions without regenerating them. They will be regenerated when next requested.