Plugin / Avatar Privacy

Peter Putzer



Avatars from are great, but they come with certain privacy implications. You as site admin may already know this, but your visitors and users probably don’t. Avatar Privacy can help to improve the privacy situation by making some subtle changes to the way avatars are displayed on your site.

The plugin works without changing your theme files (for reasonably modern themes), and it does support multisite installations. Please note that the plugin does not provide an options page of its own, it rather adds to the existing discussion settings page.


The plugin’s features summed up:

  • Self-uploaded avatars for users (and custom default images), hosted on your server.
  • Users and commenters explicitly opt-in before using gravatars.
  • Gravatar caching to ensure the privacy of your website visitors.
  • Don’t publish weakly encrypted e-mail addresses of comment authors.

A more detailed examination of the reasons for using Avatar Privacy can be found on the plugin homepage.

WP-CLI Commands

Avatar Privacy includes the following WP-CLI commands:
* Show information about the custom database table(s): wp avatar-privacy db show
* List entries in the custom database table(s): wp avatar-privacy db list
* Create the custom database table: wp avatar-privacy db create
* Upgrade the structure of the custom database table: wp avatar-privacy db upgrade
* Remove data added by Avatar Privacy: wp avatar-privacy uninstall
* List active cron jobs created by the plugin: wp avatar-privacy cron list
* Delete cron jobs created by the plugin: wp avatar-privacy cron delete


Please report any problems with the plugin, I’ll do my best to sort things out. You can use the contact form on my code site or create a topic in the support forum. You can contact me in German or English.


Avatar Privacy is based on the original plugin by Johannes Freudendahl. The new release also includes work by several other people:


15 reviews

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Details Information



First Released

07 Feb, 2012

Total Downloads


Wordpress Version

4.9 or higher

Tested up to:


Require PHP Version:

5.6 or higher





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