create app

This functionality allows you to create a new WP Engine Headless Application, without using Atlas CLI.

In order to allow this functionality you must first create API access by generating auth credentials in User Portal - Portal > Username dropdown > Profile > API access (tab) > Generate credentials. The screenshots below walk you through what you will see. Next, copy the API credentials & ensure you have CURL installed locally.

Getting to API credentials in portal Credentials modal screenshot from portal

Run the following commands replacing the path capitals and shellVariables with your own values.

The {PUT_YOUR_ENV_NAME_HERE} corresponds to the WP Engine User Portal environments where you have your WP site. So if your domain is, your environment would be myapp.

The available regions for {PUT_REGION_HERE} variable are US-C or EU-W.

  • Create an Atlas Application:
curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -u "PUT_USER_ID_HERE:PUT_PASSWORD_HERE" \
--data-raw '{"region":"regions/{PUT_REGION_HERE}","uploadable":{}}'
  • Connect an app with the environment corresponding to the WP Engine User Portal environments where you have your WP site.
curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -u "PUT_USER_ID_HERE:PUT_PASSWORD_HERE" \
--data-raw '{"displayName":"{PUT_YOUR_ENV_NAME_HERE}","branch":"uploadable","wpEnvironment":"{PUT_YOUR_WORDPRESS_INSTALL_NAME_HERE}","shellVariables":[{"key":"foo","value":"bar"}]}'

Example long-running operation response, that starts application deployment to the environment.

"name": "accounts/{ACCOUNT_NAME}/apps/{YOUR_NEW_APP_NAME}/environments/{ENV_UUID}/operations/no_build",
"metadata": {
"@type": "",
"build": "accounts/{ACCOUNT_NAME}/apps/{YOUR_NEW_APP_NAME}/environments/{ENV_UUID}/builds/no_build",
"deployment": ""
"done": false

In case of Create an Atlas Application CURL HTTP Response will give 200 status, but will not return a response body, if successful. If you would like more detail add the -i (include the HTTP response headers in the output) or -v (makes curl verbose during the operation) flag to the above CURL command. You can also check Portal to see the Atlas Environment buildng state.