Sometimes there’s a reason to remotely deactivate all plugins. Usually this is when something has happened and an update – or change – broke a site.
In worst case, you can log in to your WordPress Admin area anymore and renaming or deleting1 all plugins via FTP seems a hassle. Or maybe you’re on a device without FTP client/access.
While most hosting providers offer cPanel, or similar, with a file manager, there’s an easier way to quickly disable all plugins at once. Easier than moving all plugins to a new folder with the file manager even.
Howto Deactivate All WordPress Plugins at Once in the the Database
In this WordPress tip we will show you how to deactivate all plugins at once directly in the database.
Important: We recommend everybody to first backup the database before proceeding.
Go to your phpMyAdmin area and select the database for your WordPress install. Use the search function and search for the
active_plugins option. This should be in the
wp_options table of your database2.
Double click on the text in the option_value column (or click the pencil or Edit link). In the next step, simply delete the content of that field.
That’s all, now all plugins are disabled in your WordPress install.
MySQL Query to Deactivate All Plugins at Once
Alternatively, you can also deactivate all plugins at once with the following MySQL query.
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = '' WHERE option_name = 'active_plugins';
Where wp_ is replaced with the correct value for your database tables.