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WPScan - WordPress Security Scanner Copyright (C), 2011-2013 The WPScan Team

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 3 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, see

ryandewhurst at gmail


WPScan comes pre-installed on the following Linux distributions:


  • Windows not supported
  • Ruby >= 1.9.2 - Recommended: 1.9.3
  • Curl >= 7.21 - Recommended: latest - FYI the 7.29 has a segfault
  • RubyGems - Recommended: latest
  • Git

Installing on Debian/Ubuntu:

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

Installing on Fedora:

sudo yum install gcc ruby-devel libxml2 libxml2-devel libxslt libxslt-devel libcurl-devel

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


  • 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 to the latest revision

--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

--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 (will override the one from conf/browser.conf.json).

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

--wordlist | -w <wordlist>  Supply a wordlist for the password bruter and do the brute.

--threads  | -t <number of threads>  The number of threads to use when multi-threading requests. (will override the value from conf/browser.conf.json)

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

--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.


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...

ruby wpscan.rb --update

Debug output...

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


--help    | -h   This help screen.
--Verbose | -v   Verbose output.
--update  | -u   Update to the latest revision.
--generate_plugin_list [number of pages]  Generate a new data/plugins.txt file. (supply number of *pages* to parse, default : 150)
--gpl  Alias for --generate_plugin_list
--check-local-vulnerable-files | --clvf <local directory>  Perform a recursive scan in the <local directory> to find vulnerable files or shells


Generate a new 'most popular' plugin list, up to 150 pages...

ruby wpstools.rb --generate_plugin_list 150

Locally scan a wordpress installation for vulnerable files or shells : ruby wpstools.rb --check-local-vulnerable-files /var/www/wordpress/






WPScan is sponsored by the RandomStorm Open Source Initiative.

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