Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag WordPress Plugin

Yesterday, I noticed that the template tag, which existed inside the default WordPress theme and added the Generator meta tag to the HTML head area, has been replaced by an internal action. This change makes the removal of that specific meta tag a bit harder for users. I can understand that the project may use the generator metatag for statistical purposes, but, on the other hand, it reveals the WordPress version, which makes it easy for automated scanners to locate a confirmed-to-be-vulnerable WordPress version. Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag is a very small plugin, an one-liner actually, that gently removes the action that writes the Generator meta tag to your HTML pages.


To install the plugin just upload the remove-generator-meta-tag.php file inside the wp-content/plugins/ directory and activate it through the administration panel. No configuration is required.


Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag is an open-source project, released as Free Software under the terms of the Apache License version 2.

Downloads, Issue Tracking, Support

For the latest releases of Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag please visit the downloads section of the Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag Development Portal.

The development website also hosts an issue tracking facility, where you can submit your feature requests or report bugs, and discussion boards, where you can get first class support from the community of users.


This plugin is released as free software. Nevertheless, its development requires time and effort. A small donation, as a sign of appreciation of the effort, is welcome. Please, use the following button to visit the Donations page. Thanks in advance for your support!

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Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag WordPress Plugin by George Notaras is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at Licensing Information.
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George Notaras is the editor of G-Loaded Journal, a technical blog about Free and Open-Source Software. George, among other things, is a GNU/Linux enthusiast, a self-taught programmer and system administrator. He strongly believes that "knowledge is power" and has created this web site to share the IT knowledge and experience he has gained over the years with other people. George primarily uses CentOS and Fedora and spends some of his spare time developing open-source software. Follow George on Twitter: @gnotaras

6 responses on “Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag WordPress Plugin

  1. George Notaras Post authorPermalink →

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’d say your plugin is more sophisticated and has some nice extra features, like the ability to replace and fake the wordpress version. I just needed to remove that metatag and the only way to remove the default action that generated it was through a plugin. It was not meant to clone the functionality of your plugin. :)

    Thanks for your feedback.

  2. Frank Permalink →

    Thanks for your feedback. I think not, that you clone my functionality! All ideas and plugins of the wp-community make the system or a plugin better.

  3. Web Hosting India Permalink →

    Hi George Notaras,

    Nice post. I have used this plugin for my blog . This was having the generator tag before and i have read some tutorials that hackers will find the sites to hack if we have a generator tag to find.


  4. Xtence Permalink →

    Thanks, i was looking for this plugin quite a while!

  5. HelloNingbo Permalink →

    THANK YOU for this small but efficient plugin !
    Personally I don’t like fancy plugins as I don’t want to overload my WP site.
    “Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag” just go straight to the point and this is what I wished.
    Hope it will be updated for WP future releases if necessary.
    Thanks again ! :)