WPScan v3.4.5 - Black Box WordPress Vulnerability Scanner

WPScan is a free, for non-commercial use, black box WordPress vulnerability scanner written for security professionals and blog maintainers to test the security of their sites.


  • (Optional but highly recommended: RVM)
  • Ruby >= 2.3 - Recommended: latest
    • Ruby 2.5.0 to 2.5.3 can cause an 'undefined symbol: rmpd_util_str_to_d' error in some systems, see #1283
  • Curl >= 7.21 - Recommended: latest
    • The 7.29 has a segfault
  • RubyGems - Recommended: latest

From RubyGems (Recommended)
gem install wpscan
On MacOSX, if a Gem::FilePermissionError is raised due to the Apple's System Integrity Protection (SIP), either install RVM and install wpscan again, or run sudo gem install -n /usr/local/bin wpscan (see #1286)

From sources (NOT Recommended)
Prerequisites: Git
git clone https://github.com/wpscanteam/wpscan
cd wpscan/
bundle install && rake install

You can update the local database by using wpscan --update
Updating WPScan itself is either done via gem update wpscan or the packages manager (this is quite important for distributions such as in Kali Linux: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade) depending how WPScan was (pre)installed

Pull the repo with docker pull wpscanteam/wpscan
Enumerating usernames
docker run -it --rm wpscanteam/wpscan --url https://target.tld/ --enumerate u
Enumerating a range of usernames
docker run -it --rm wpscanteam/wpscan --url https://target.tld/ --enumerate u1-100
** replace u1-100 with a range of your choice.

wpscan --url blog.tld This will scan the blog using default options with a good compromise between speed and accuracy. For example, the plugins will be checked passively but their version with a mixed detection mode (passively + aggressively). Potential config backup files will also be checked, along with other interesting findings. If a more stealthy approach is required, then wpscan --stealthy --url blog.tld can be used. As a result, when using the --enumerate option, don't forget to set the --plugins-detection accordingly, as its default is 'passive'.
For more options, open a terminal and type wpscan --help (if you built wpscan from the source, you should type the command outside of the git repo)
The DB is located at ~/.wpscan/db
WPScan can load all options (including the --url) from configuration files, the following locations are checked (order: first to last):
  • ~/.wpscan/cli_options.json
  • ~/.wpscan/cli_options.yml
  • pwd/.wpscan/cli_options.json
  • pwd/.wpscan/cli_options.yml
If those files exist, options from them will be loaded and overridden if found twice.
proxy: ''
verbose: true
proxy: 'socks5://'
url: 'http://target.tld'
Running wpscan in the current directory (pwd), is the same as wpscan -v --proxy socks5:// --url http://target.tld
Enumerating usernames
wpscan --url https://target.tld/ --enumerate u
Enumerating a range of usernames
wpscan --url https://target.tld/ --enumerate u1-100
** replace u1-100 with a range of your choice.


WPScan Public Source License
The WPScan software (henceforth referred to simply as "WPScan") is dual-licensed - Copyright 2011-2019 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.

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 - [email protected].
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.

11. Trademark
The "wpscan" term is a registered trademark. This License does not grant the use of the "wpscan" trademark or the use of the WPScan logo.

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