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The Right Way to Remove WordPress Version Number

Do you want to remove the WordPress version number from your website?

Many believe that removing the WordPress version number from your website’s source code can prevent some common online attacks.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily remove WordPress version number the right way.

Hiding WordPress version number from your website

Why Remove WordPress Version Number?

By default, WordPress leaves its footprints on your site for the sake of tracking. That is how we know that WordPress is the top website builder in the world.

WordPress version shown in source code by default

However, sometimes this footprint might be a security leak on your site if you are not running the most updated version of WordPress. It provides the hacker with useful information by telling them which version you are running.

We recommend using the latest version of WordPress on all your websites so you don’t have to worry about this. However, if for some reason you are running an older version of WordPress, then you should definitely follow this tutorial.

It is quite difficult to remove all traces of which WordPress version you are using on your website. A sophisticated attack may still be able to find that information.

However, it will prevent automatic scanners and other less sophisticated attempts from guessing your WordPress version.

That being said, let’s take a look at some ways to easily remove version number from your WordPress website.

Method 1. Remove WordPress Version Number using Sucuri

This method is easier and recommended for all users.

All top WordPress security plugins offer an option in the settings to hide your WordPress version number.

However, we recommend using Sucuri because it automatically hides WordPress version information and offers other more advanced security features.

Simply install and activate the Sucuri plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will automatically hide WordPress version information. You can verify it by visiting Sucuri Security » Settings and switching to the Hardening tab.

Sucuri WordPress version hardening

Method 2. Manually Remove WordPress Version Information

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress website. If you haven’t done this before, then see our guide on how to copy and paste code snippets in WordPress.

Now, many websites will recommend you to edit your theme’s header.php file and get rid of the following line of code:

<meta name="generator" content="WordPress <?php bloginfo('version'); ?>" />

This method doesn’t work as a new theme update will automatically replace the old template with the new file.

Another commonly recommended, but inefficient method is to put this code in your theme’s functions.php or site-specific plugin:

remove_action('wp_head', 'wp_generator');

This will only remove the information from the WordPress header. The version number will still be visible in your website’s RSS feeds.

The right way to remove WordPress version information is by disabling the function responsible for displaying it.

In order for you to completely remove your WordPress version number from both your head file and RSS feeds, you will need to add the following code to a site-specific plugin or code snippets plugin.

function wpbeginner_remove_version() {
return '';
}
add_filter('the_generator', 'wpbeginner_remove_version');

By adding this code, you will remove the WordPress version number from WordPress RSS feeds and your website’s head section.

Can You Completely Hide WordPress Version?

WordPress may still add the version information in various other places throughout your website. For instance, it is included as the query string in source code for CSS and JS files.

WordPress version shown with CSS and JS files

Removing all instances of WordPress version information can be time-consuming, complicated, and may not always work.

From a security perspective, removing the obvious generator tags can protect you from some very common attacks.

However, if someone is determined to break into your website, then hiding your WordPress version number does little to stop this.

You need to implement a proper WordPress security setup in place to make your website more secure. This adds layers of security around your website making it harder to hack into.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily hide WordPress version number from your website. You may also want to see our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate for your website, or our list of must-have WordPress plugins for small business.

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  1. function wpbeginner_remove_version()
    what should we write instead of “wpbeginner” _remove_version?
    a specific file name or our website name or what?

    • This is to remove the version number from the HTML header, if you want to remove the text that you are using WordPress then you would want to reach out to your specific theme’s support.

      Admin

  2. i have added this line in functions.php, but wapplyzer can still detect the version
    remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’);

  3. hy.. a practice that is still usable ? I want to ask, how to hide the plugin that we use information from view page source and various wordpress detector … thanks alot.

  4. Will this prevent WordPress from auto-detect and notify me about new versions, so that i can update? Thanks

  5. For those like me who have read this to the bottom looking for a definitive answer only to be left wanting despite all the possibilities no one has Identified a solution that works for everyone.

    I suggest you load WordPress in Wamp or similar and check every possibility.

    How about the editorial staff have a look remove…remove the wheat from the chaff and re-post
    The Right Way To Remove WordPress Version Number?

  6. why so complicated? make it easy:
    // remove wp version
    add_filter(‘the_generator’, ‘__return_false’);

  7. Maybe I’m missing something here, but adding the filter does remove the version number but fails to remove it from the end of some of the styles sheets and a few .js files as well from plugins. i.e.

    ….css?ver=3.8.1′ type=’text/css’ media=’all’ />

    Anyway to remove those as well?

    Thanks

  8. Hi

    none of these methods work with WP 3.8/ RC2

    I put the code:

    function wpbeginner_remove_version() {
    return ”;
    }
    add_filter(‘the_generator’, ‘wpbeginner_remove_version’);

    in the bottom of my functions.php file. No effect.

    Here is a sample of the scripts loading when I look at the source code, and you can see the wp ver is still tacked onto the end….

    I tried some of the other code suggestions in this thread, and none of them worked either.

    Perhaps I am doing something wrong?

    Many thank in advance for your suggestions.

    As you can see it is still showing at the end of each.

  9. One should also delete readme.html in the root of the website because it contains WP version number.

  10. It should also be mentioned that if you want to hide the number, you should also get rid of the readme.html file that accompanies WordPress, as it displays the version in big giant numbers right at the top of the page. Last I read, it also hides in a JavaScript file somewhere as well, but I’m not sure which one.

  11. I use this to remove the WordPress version.

    ‘remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’); // Remove WordPress version from site’

  12. This is arguably on of the most useful code snippets ever. Plugins break so this is a perfect way to remove the generator meta tag from WordPress.

  13. Sorry to say it is not working with feed, I means it not remove version number from feed, I personally add the function you specified , it remove from my home page source but not from rss page source, you can view my rss page source it is still there http://www.techispot.com/feed

    Any one find solution please share

  14. i wanted to keep the generator without the version number, so i’m returning instead of an empty string…

    is this correct?

  15. Removing the generator code has nothing to do with security, frankly. If someone is targeting your site in particular, there are other effective ways to determine a version number. If it’s just a malicious script, it’s going to try every exploit that has ever worked regardless of your version. Indeed, we have never seen an exploit script attempting to do version detection.

    Also, the statement “While plugins are great, they somewhat slow your site down,” is a bit misleading in this context, I feel. Yes, a lot of plugins that do heavy-lifting will increase drag on a server. But a good amount of core uses the Plugin API to hook into itself, using the same methods as a plugin. And adding this code to functions.php is doing the same thing.

    • “Also, the statement “While plugins are great, they somewhat slow your site down,” is a bit misleading in this context, I feel. ”

      Nice argument! I’m researching on how to remove plugin scripts that are not necessary/not in use to a page but being requested every time in the server.

  16. Realized that the “Secure WordPress” plugin already does that for you and more. Assuming most people would be interested in securing their WordPress (not just hiding the version number), it would be better to make use of that plugin to do all these for you.

    Incidentally, I got to know of the Secure WordPress plugin via wpbeginner. https://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/11-vital-tips-and-hacks-to-protect-your-wordpress-admin-area/

    Nice work guys! Keep on writing!

    • While plugins are great, they somewhat slow your site down. Why use a plugin if it can be done with a simple function in your functions.php file. But yes Secure WordPress plugin does that as well on all versions older than 2.4.

      Admin

      • Would have to agree with you on that: just modding the functions.php would be more efficient than adding a plugin just to remove the version number.

      • Ok the error was mine, I was modifying the wrong function.php file.
        The correct one is function.php inside the theme directory and not the one in the core.

        Thank you!!!

  17. It’s strange, it gives me the error:
    Call to undefined function: add_filter()

    But I’ve checked the plugin.php file and I have obviously the add_filter() funciont defined.

    Any suggestion? Ths.

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