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A small library to easily handle detection of minimum system requirements in WordPress plugins.



  • Detects PHP versions incompatible with your Plugin.
  • Detects WordPress versions incompatible with your Plugin.
  • Detects absence of PHP extensions.
  • Displays errors to users without activating your Plugin.
  • Simple API to support custom minimum requirements.

Getting Started

The library comes with a WP_Min_Requirements class that can be used to detect some basic system requirements like WordPress and PHP versions.

First we create a new instance of the class and call it's satisfied method in a conditional. If the condition is satisfied you can instantiate your plugin inside it.

$requirements = new WP_Min_Requirements();

if ($requirements->satisfied()) {
  // minimum requirements satisfied
  // create your plugin here

Next we need to handle the case when the minimum requirements are not satisfied. The library comes with a WP_Faux_Plugin that does this by notifying the user that the minimum requirements are not satisfied.

All you need to do is create it and passing it the name of your plugin and the results object from the requirements.

$requirements = new WP_Min_Requirements();

if ($requirements->satisified()) {
  // create your plugin here
} else {
  $fauxPlugin = new WP_Faux_Plugin('My Plugin Name', $requirements->getResults());

When the requirements are not met, users will see a message like shown above.

Detecting Specific Versions of PHP & WordPress

To create custom requirements you extend the WP_Requirements class and provide a custom getRequirements method. It should return an array of requirement objects.

Below is the WP_Min_Requirements class that matches against PHP 5.3.2 and WordPress 3.5.

class WP_Min_Requirements extends WP_Requirements {

  function getRequirements() {
    $requirements = array();

    // Min requirements for Composer
    $requirement = new WP_PHP_Requirement();
    $requirement->minimumVersion = '5.3.2';
    array_push($requirements, $requirement);

    $requirement = new WP_WordPress_Requirement();
    $requirement->minimumVersion = '3.5.0';
    array_push($requirements, $requirement);

    return $requirements;


Custom Requirements

You can also customize the requirements specific to your plugin. First you need to create a custom Requirement class with 2 methods, check and message.

Your check method should perform your custom detection and return true or false. And the message method should return the message to display to the user if the requirement is not met.

For example to check if the Akismet plugin is in use,

class Akismet_Requirement {

  function check() {
    return is_plugin_active('akismet/akismet.php');

  function message() {
    return 'Akismet Required';


Then wrap this up into a new class that extends the WP_Requirements class and put this requirement into use.

class My_Custom_Requirements extends WP_Requirements {

  function getRequirements() {
    $requirements = array();
    array_push($requirements, new Akismet_Requirement());

    return $requirements;


Other Requirements

Use the WP_Modern_Requirements class to ensure that PHP 5.5 and required extensions are present.

To test the requirements message, use the WP_Failing_Requirements class instead.


The library and all it's classes are bundled inside the Requirements.php file.

  1. Copy the Requirements.php file into your project.
  2. Use require_once to include this file into your plugin's main file.
  3. Instantiate the Requirements object and call it's satisfied method as described above.

Making Changes

Please send pull requests instead of changing the requirements file directly inside your project.

If you must make modifications to the Requirements.php do so my renaming the WP_ prefix to something unique like your company name.

Eg:- Acme_Requirements. A find and replace for WP_ to Acme_ will do the trick.


  1. Sample plugin using MinRequirements.
  2. Sample WooCommerce plugin.



Please include your system and environment details for faster resolution of bug reports. Failing tests alongside bug reports are awesome!

Pull Requests are Welcome!

The project comes with a test suite that is integrated with Travis. Please ensure that the test suite passes before submitting PRs. Also try to include tests alongside any major changes.

Also note, this project uses the git flow branching model. PRs should be made against the develop branch.


MIT License. Copyright © 2014 Darshan Sawardekar