Created: 2010-04-14 10:37
Updated: 2018-12-29 21:53
License: mit



Contributors: pfefferle, willnorris
Donate link: https://notiz.blog/donate/
Tags: well-known, discovery, webfinger, JRD, ostatus, activitypub
Requires at least: 4.2
Tested up to: 4.9.8
Stable tag: 3.2.3
License: MIT
License URI: https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT

WebFinger for WordPress


Enables WebFinger (RFC 7033) support for WordPress.

About WebFinger:

WebFinger is used to discover information about people or other entities on the Internet that are identified by a URI using standard Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods over a secure transport. A WebFinger resource returns a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) object describing the entity that is queried. The JSON object is referred to as the JSON Resource Descriptor (JRD).

(quote from the RFC)

Frequently Asked Questions

How to extend the JRD file

You can add your own links or properties like that:

function oexchange_target_link( $array ) {
  $array["links"][] = array( 'rel' => 'http://oexchange.org/spec/0.8/rel/resident-target',
    'href' => 'http://example.com',
    'type' => 'application/xrd+xml' );
  return $array;
add_filter( 'webfinger', 'oexchange_target_link' );

Add alternate file/output formats

You can add your own links or properties like that:

function render_xrd($webfinger) {
  // set custom header();

  // JRD to XRD code

add_action( 'webfinger_render', 'render_xrd', 5 );

You can find a detailed example here https://github.com/pfefferle/wordpress-webfinger-legacy

The spec

WebFinger is specified as RFC 7033

The WebFinger community page

Please visit http://webfinger.net

Upgrade Notice


This versions drops classic WebFinger support to keep the plugin short and simple. All legacy stuff is bundled in this new plugin https://github.com/pfefferle/wordpress-webfinger-legacy


Project maintained on github at pfefferle/wordpress-webfinger.


  • fixed acct scheme for discovery


  • fixed typo (thanks @ivucica)
  • use acct as default scheme


  • make acct protocol optional


  • global refactoring


  • added user_nicename as resource
  • fixed WordPress coding standard issues


  • fixed PHP warning


  • updated requirements


  • add support for the 'aim', 'ymsgr' and 'acct' protocol


  • fixed the legacy code
  • added feeds


  • fixed 'get_user_by_various' function


  • Added WebFinger legacy plugin, because the legacy version is still very popular and used by for example OStatus (Mastodon, Status.NET and GNU Social)
  • Added Webfinger for posts support


  • composer support
  • compatibility updates


  • get_avatar_url instead of custom code
  • some small code improvements
  • nicer PHP-docs


  • updated version informations
  • support the WordPress Coding Standard


  • added correct error-responses
  • remove legacy support for XRD and host-meta (props to Will Norris)


  • small bugfix


  • complete refactoring
  • removed simple-web-discovery
  • more filters and actions
  • works without /.well-known/ plugin


  • small fixes
  • added "webfinger" as well-known uri


  • added "rel"-filter (work in progress)
  • added more aliases


  • added host-meta resource feature (see latest spec)


  • added 404 http error if user doesn't exist
  • added jrd discovery for host-meta



  • api improvements


  • basic simple-seb-discovery
  • json support
  • some small improvements



  • OStatus improvements
  • Better uri handling
  • Identifier overview (more to come)
  • Added filters
  • Added functions to get a users webfingers


  • Added do_action param (for future OStatus plugin)
  • Author-Url as Webfinger-Identifier


  • Initial release


Follow the normal instructions for installing WordPress plugins.

Automatic Plugin Installation

To add a WordPress Plugin using the built-in plugin installer:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Type "webfinger" into the Search Plugins box.
  3. Find the WordPress Plugin you wish to install.
    1. Click Details for more information about the Plugin and instructions you may wish to print or save to help setup the Plugin.
    2. Click Install Now to install the WordPress Plugin.
  4. The resulting installation screen will list the installation as successful or note any problems during the install.
  5. If successful, click Activate Plugin to activate it, or Return to Plugin Installer for further actions.

Manual Plugin Installation

There are a few cases when manually installing a WordPress Plugin is appropriate.

  • If you wish to control the placement and the process of installing a WordPress Plugin.
  • If your server does not permit automatic installation of a WordPress Plugin.
  • If you want to try the latest development version.

Installation of a WordPress Plugin manually requires FTP familiarity and the awareness that you may put your site at risk if you install a WordPress Plugin incompatible with the current version or from an unreliable source.

Backup your site completely before proceeding.

To install a WordPress Plugin manually:

  • Download your WordPress Plugin to your desktop.
  • If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the Plugin folder to your desktop.
  • With your FTP program, upload the Plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online.
  • Go to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded Plugin in the list.
  • Click Activate to activate it.
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