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WordPress Plugin Directory Slurper

A command line PHP script that downloads and updates a copy of the latest stable version of every plugin in the plugin repository.

Really handy for doing local searches across all WordPress plugins.


  • Unix system (tested on Mac OS X and Linux)
  • PHP 5.2 or higher
  • wget and svn command-line executables installed

A Windows/Unix compatible version of this project that has comparable performance (if you can use cURL and PHP's pThreads) is available here.


  1. cd WordPress-Plugin-Directory-Slurper
  2. ./update

The plugins/ directory will contain all the plugins when the script is done.

Run ./update help for more options.

Scanning the repo

You can use ack or ag to scan the plugins repository. See also the plugins directory maintenance documentation page.

This repository also includes a script to show a summary of a scan. For example:

$ ag --php --skip-vcs-ignores rest_get_date_with_gmt | tee scans/rest_get_date_with_gmt.txt
$ ./summarize-scan.php scans/rest_get_date_with_gmt.txt
5 matching plugins
Matches  Plugin                             Active installs
=======  ======                             ===============
      4  rest-api                                   40,000+
      4  wptoandroid                                    30+
      5  custom-contact-forms                       60,000+
      2  appmaker-wp-mobile-app-manager                 50+
      4  appmaker-woocommerce-mobile-app-manager       200+


Why download the zip files? Why not use SVN?

An SVN checkout of the entire repository is a BEAST of a thing. You don't want it, trust me. Updates and cleanups can take hours or even days to complete.

Why not just do an SVN export of each plugin's trunk?

There is no guarantee that the plugin's trunk is the latest stable version. The repository supports doing development in trunk, and designating a branch or tag as the stable version. Using the zip file gets around this, as it figures it all out and gives you the latest stable version.

How long will it take?

Your first update will take a while (at least a couple of hours, and potentially overnight, depending on your connection and disk speeds).

But subsequent updates are smarter. The script tracks the SVN revision number of your latest update and then asks the plugins SVN repository for a list of plugins that have changed since. Only those changed plugins are updated after the initial sync.

How much disk space do I need?

As of December 2017, the plugin repository contains over 70,000 plugins. The script will download around 20 GB of zip files which, when unpacked, will use around 45 GB of disk space.

Something went wrong, how do I do a partial update?

The last successful update revision number is stored in plugins/.last-revision. You can just overwrite that and the next update will start after that revision.

What is this thing actually doing to my computer?

Once downloads have started, you can use a command like this to monitor the tasks being executed by this tool:

watch -n .5 "pstree -pa `pgrep -f '^xargs -n 1 -P .+ ./download'`"

Copyright & License

Copyright (C) 2011 Mark Jaquith

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.


Slurps down every stable version of every plugin in the WordPress plugin directory.




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