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WPScan Public Source License

The WPScan software (henceforth referred to simply as "WPScan") is dual-licensed - Copyright 2011-2015 WPScan Team.

Cases that include commercialization of WPScan require a commercial, non-free license. Otherwise, WPScan can be used without charge under the terms set out below.

1. Definitions

1.1 "License" means this document.

1.2 "Contributor" means each individual or legal entity that creates, contributes to the creation of, or owns WPScan.

1.3 "WPScan Team" means WPScan’s core developers, an updated list of whom can be found within the CREDITS file.

2. Commercialization

A commercial use is one intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

Example cases of commercialization are:

  • Using WPScan to provide commercial managed/Software-as-a-Service services.
  • Distributing WPScan as a commercial product or as part of one.
  • Using WPScan as a value added service/product.

Example cases which do not require a commercial license, and thus fall under the terms set out below, include (but are not limited to):

  • Penetration testers (or penetration testing organizations) using WPScan as part of their assessment toolkit.
  • Penetration Testing Linux Distributions including but not limited to Kali Linux, SamuraiWTF, BackBox Linux.
  • Using WPScan to test your own systems.
  • Any non-commercial use of WPScan.

If you need to purchase a commercial license or are unsure whether you need to purchase a commercial license contact us -

We may grant commercial licenses at no monetary cost at our own discretion if the commercial usage is deemed by the WPScan Team to significantly benefit WPScan.

Free-use Terms and Conditions;

3. Redistribution

Redistribution is permitted under the following conditions:

  • Unmodified License is provided with WPScan.
  • Unmodified Copyright notices are provided with WPScan.
  • Does not conflict with the commercialization clause.
4. Copying

Copying is permitted so long as it does not conflict with the Redistribution clause.

5. Modification

Modification is permitted so long as it does not conflict with the Redistribution clause.

6. Contributions

Any Contributions assume the Contributor grants the WPScan Team the unlimited, non-exclusive right to reuse, modify and relicense the Contributor's content.

7. Support

WPScan is provided under an AS-IS basis and without any support, updates or maintenance. Support, updates and maintenance may be given according to the sole discretion of the WPScan Team.

8. Disclaimer of Warranty

WPScan is provided under this License on an “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind, either expressed, implied, or statutory, including, without limitation, warranties that the WPScan is free of defects, merchantable, fit for a particular purpose or non-infringing.

9. Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted under Law, WPScan is provided under an AS-IS basis. The WPScan Team shall never, and without any limit, be liable for any damage, cost, expense or any other payment incurred as a result of WPScan's actions, failure, bugs and/or any other interaction between WPScan and end-equipment, computers, other software or any 3rd party, end-equipment, computer or services.

10. Disclaimer

Running WPScan against websites without prior mutual consent may be illegal in your country. The WPScan Team accept no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage caused by WPScan.


WPScan comes pre-installed on the following Linux distributions:


  • Ruby >= 1.9.2 - Recommended: 2.2.1
  • Curl >= 7.21 - Recommended: latest - FYI the 7.29 has a segfault
  • RubyGems - Recommended: latest
  • Git

Windows is not supported. If installed from Github update the code base with git pull. The databases are updated with wpscan.rb --update.

Installing on Ubuntu:

Before Ubuntu 14.04:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev libopenssl-ruby libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev ruby-dev
git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test

From Ubuntu 14.04:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev ruby-dev build-essential
git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test

Installing on Debian:

sudo apt-get install git ruby ruby-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev make
git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler
bundle install --without test --path vendor/bundle

Installing on Fedora:

sudo yum install gcc ruby-devel libxml2 libxml2-devel libxslt libxslt-devel libcurl-devel patch
git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test

Installing on Archlinux:

pacman -Syu ruby
pacman -Syu libyaml
git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && bundle install --without test
gem install typhoeus
gem install nokogiri

Installing on Mac OSX:

Apple Xcode, Command Line Tools and the libffi are needed (to be able to install the FFI gem), See

git clone
cd wpscan
sudo gem install bundler && sudo bundle install --without test

Installing with RVM:

cd ~
curl -sSL | bash -s stable
source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm
echo "source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm" >> ~/.bashrc
rvm install 2.2.1
rvm use 2.2.1 --default
echo "gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc" > ~/.gemrc
gem install bundler
git clone
cd wpscan
bundle install --without test


  • Typhoeus segmentation fault

    Update cURL to version => 7.21 (may have to install from source)

  • Proxy not working

    Update cURL to version => 7.21.7 (may have to install from source).

    Installation from sources :

    Grab the sources from
    Decompress the archive
    Open the folder with the extracted files
    Run ./configure
    Run make
    Run sudo make install
    Run sudo ldconfig
  • cannot load such file -- readline:

    sudo aptitude install libreadline5-dev libncurses5-dev

    Then, open the directory of the readline gem (you have to locate it)

    cd ~/.rvm/src/ruby-1.9.2-p180/ext/readline
    ruby extconf.rb
    make install

    See for more details

  • no such file to load -- rubygems

    update-alternatives --config ruby

    And select your ruby version



--update   Update the databases.

--url   | -u <target url>  The WordPress URL/domain to scan.

--force | -f Forces WPScan to not check if the remote site is running WordPress.

--enumerate | -e [option(s)]  Enumeration.
  option :
    u        usernames from id 1 to 10
    u[10-20] usernames from id 10 to 20 (you must write [] chars)
    p        plugins
    vp       only vulnerable plugins
    ap       all plugins (can take a long time)
    tt       timthumbs
    t        themes
    vt       only vulnerable themes
    at       all themes (can take a long time)
  Multiple values are allowed : "-e tt,p" will enumerate timthumbs and plugins
  If no option is supplied, the default is "vt,tt,u,vp"

--exclude-content-based "<regexp or string>" Used with the enumeration option, will exclude all occurrences based on the regexp or string supplied
                                             You do not need to provide the regexp delimiters, but you must write the quotes (simple or double)

--config-file | -c <config file> Use the specified config file, see the example.conf.json

--user-agent | -a <User-Agent> Use the specified User-Agent

--random-agent | -r Use a random User-Agent

--follow-redirection  If the target url has a redirection, it will be followed without asking if you wanted to do so or not

--wp-content-dir <wp content dir>  WPScan try to find the content directory (ie wp-content) by scanning the index page, however you can specified it. Subdirectories are allowed

--wp-plugins-dir <wp plugins dir>  Same thing than --wp-content-dir but for the plugins directory. If not supplied, WPScan will use wp-content-dir/plugins. Subdirectories are allowed

--proxy <[protocol://]host:port> Supply a proxy (will override the one from conf/browser.conf.json).
                                 HTTP, SOCKS4 SOCKS4A and SOCKS5 are supported. If no protocol is given (format host:port), HTTP will be used

--proxy-auth <username:password>  Supply the proxy login credentials.

--basic-auth <username:password>  Set the HTTP Basic authentication.

--wordlist | -w <wordlist>  Supply a wordlist for the password brute forcer.

--threads  | -t <number of threads>  The number of threads to use when multi-threading requests.

--username | -U <username>  Only brute force the supplied username.

--usernames  <path-to-file>  Only brute force the usernames from the file.

--cache-ttl <cache-ttl>  Typhoeus cache TTL.

--request-timeout <request-timeout>  Request Timeout.

--connect-timeout <connect-timeout>  Connect Timeout.

--max-threads <max-threads>  Maximum Threads.

--help     | -h This help screen.

--verbose  | -v Verbose output.

--batch Never ask for user input, use the default behavior.

--no-color Do not use colors in the output.

--log Save STDOUT to log.txt


Do 'non-intrusive' checks...

ruby wpscan.rb --url

Do wordlist password brute force on enumerated users using 50 threads...

ruby wpscan.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --threads 50

Do wordlist password brute force on the 'admin' username only...

ruby wpscan.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --username admin

Enumerate installed plugins...

ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate p

Run all enumeration tools...

ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate

Use custom content directory...

ruby wpscan.rb -u --wp-content-dir custom-content

Update WPScan's databases...

ruby wpscan.rb --update

Debug output...

ruby wpscan.rb --url --debug-output 2>debug.log


-v, --verbose                                                Verbose output
    --check-vuln-ref-urls, --cvru                            Check all the vulnerabilities reference urls for 404
    --check-local-vulnerable-files, --clvf LOCAL_DIRECTORY   Perform a recursive scan in the LOCAL_DIRECTORY to find vulnerable files or shells
-s, --stats                                                  Show WpScan Database statistics.
    --spellcheck, --sc                                       Check all files for common spelling mistakes.


Locally scan a wordpress installation for vulnerable files or shells:

ruby wpstools.rb --check-local-vulnerable-files /var/www/wordpress/








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