Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag WordPress Plugin

This is a WordPress plugin that removes the generator meta tag from the head section of your web pages. This meta tag is automatically added by WordPress for statistical purposes. Please note that this plugin has been discontinued.

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tag, which existed inside the default WordPress theme and added the Generator meta tag to the HTML head area, has been replaced by an internal action.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 Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag Development web site.

This plugin is not available on the WordPress Plugin Repository.

This project is no longer supported. Submitting support requests, issue reports or feature requests is not possible at this time.

Development Status

This plugin has been discontinued.

Remove-Generator-Meta-Tag WordPress Plugin by George Notaras is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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About George Notaras

George Notaras is the editor of the G-Loaded Journal, a technical blog about Free and Open-Source Software. George, among other things, is an enthusiast self-taught GNU/Linux system administrator. He 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. He has also developed some open-source software projects in his spare time.

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 ! :)