How To Find Which WordPress Plugin A Website is Using

There are many WordPress plugins out there and every day a new and exciting WordPress plugin is launched either on WordPress plugin repo or on any premium WordPress marketplace. I like discovering new WordPress plugins and especially when a popular website is using it, I find it quite tempting to know what plugins that website is using. There are few ways by which you can find the list if plugins on a WordPress blog, but there is no way to know the complete list until blog plugin folder is publicly accessible or you have FTP login for that blog. Though there are still few work-around to get the list of plugins which I will list down here.

Find What WordPress Plugin A Website is Using


Before that you should check out my earlier post on how to find which WordPress theme is being used by a blog. And today’s you will learn about finding the name of plugins.

3 Tricks to find name of WordPress plugin used on a WordPress Website

Identify WordPress Plugin using WPThemeDetector:

The same tool we used to discover theme can also be used to find the plugins list. I used WPThemeDetector to see how accurate it is by checking the list of plugins I use here at ShoutMeLoud and here is the result which I see:

Which WordPress plugins

Out of 30+ plugins I use on my blog (You can see complete list here), this free tool detected 8 of the plugins on my blog. Here are the list of detected plugins:

Though I’m unsure why it detected the last one in the above list as I’m not using Facebook like box plugin. I’m actually using Facebook code to add like box, but that’s ok as this tool detected same plugin for almost any other blogs I searched for.

Find plugins using Google search:

This is what I call a quick hack and it might not work for popular WordPress blog as they have already imposed the essential security settings. For many blogs who haven’t blocked access to their WP-content folder, they can be searched for the list of plugins they are using on the blog.

Simple search Google with this search query :

site: (Replace with any other domain name). To my surprise one of my blog is listing down all the plugins:

WordPress plugins Google hackIf you see this for your blog, you can login to your Google Webmaster tool and remove the directory Wp-content/plugins/ from search engine. Make sure the directory is blocked by your robots.txt file. Make sure you replace xxxx with the blog name. This might not work in all the cases, yet it will be useful trick that you should know.

3) Check source code:

This is another method which works most of the time and especially when someone is using a premium theme. You can either see something lie */added by plugin name/* or you can search for wp-content/plugins/ in the source code to see the list of plugins.

check wordpress blog source code

This way you can at least find the name of many plugins used by any WordPress website on the planet. I use these methods once in a while for popular WordPress blogs to find out new plugins for myself. I hope this tutorial must have helped you to find name of plugins for the WordPress blog you are looking for. In case if you know of any other method, let me know via comments.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 12 )

  1. Adesanmi Adedotun says

    This is really cool most eespecially the third trick unlike other tricks. The second trick hardly work on most blog as many will block search engine from indexing the plugin folder using their robots.txt

  2. Chook says

    Hey Peter,

    That’s a Great link :)
    It saves me from viewing page source and doing it the hard way.

  3. eHackz says

    Hey! Harsh
    Great Post!!!! Very Nice

    Can you tell us which Plugging are you using?
    So that It will become useful for us.
    Thank you!

  4. Suneel says

    Cool one there Harsh. Mind if I use your robots.txt file format for my blog too?

    When I tried whether my list is visible, luckily it isn’t.

    Thanks for sharing this trick.

  5. Ruhani Rabin says

    Great writeup! i should link it up for proper explanation on the security risk on blogs exposing plugins folders .. take a look at my wordpress security article .. if you have some time :) btw .. Keep up the good work

  6. Shiivendu Madhava says

    Nice tip but It does not works for every website.It does not works for those websites whose directory access are restricted or search engines listing has been disabled in robots.txt.

  7. says

    @ Viabhav @Raju
    One of them is because of ad rotate plugin, which is because of 125*125 advertisement slot at the side bar. That link will redirect you to the advertiser homepage.
    Another one is post views, which is use to show the stats of single post views to the reader, because of new theme that’s not working. :)

  8. says

    Suprise! surprise!! Shoutmeloud has 4 results for the query! Good post Harsh!
    Off topic: When I am viewing your site on 1024×768 screen, I have to scroll right to be able to view the contents completely. Kindly look into that. I have the same problem as well, but luckily no content is lost

  9. Nihar says

    Even my blog was exposed to this. I then created index.html file and placed in plugins folder to avoid being shown to anybody.