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Avatar Manager


Avatar Manager for WordPress is a sweet and simple plugin for storing avatars locally and more. Easily.

Enhance your WordPress website by letting your users choose between using Gravatar or a self-hosted avatar image right from their profile screen. Improved workflow, on-demand image generation and custom user permissions under a native interface. Say hello to the Avatar Manager plugin.

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  • Get involved. Contribute a patch or help resolving an existing issue or confirmed feature request, or submit a translation.
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Avatar Manager is a user-driven project, and all developments and enhancements depend on users like you! Become a contributor or make a donation, and get your name featured in front of a growing audience.

Thank you for choosing to contribute to Avatar Manager!


Have a bug or a feature request? Please open a new issue. Before opening any issue, please search for existing issues and read the Issue Guidelines, written by Nicolas Gallagher. Please submit all pull requests against development branches.

How It’s Made

Find out how Avatar Manager it’s made on Tuts+ Code.


Cătălin Dogaru



Avatar Manager is brought to you by these fine folks.

Artem Frolov,
Brice Capobianco,
Guy Steyaert,
Johan Steen,
Lucas Uzan,
Mateus Neves,
Maura Montero D.,
Pieter Goosen,
Samantha Muthiah,
Snowboard Mommy

Copyright and License

Copyright © 2021 Cătălin Dogaru

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.



Installation is simple as peas.

  1. Install Avatar Manager either via the plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. After activating Avatar Manager, you will be able to customize the plugin options under the Settings Discussion Screen.
  3. That’s it. You’re ready to go!


Can I choose between my Gravatar and my custom avatar?

Yes, you can choose between your Gravatar and your custom avatar under the Users Your Profile Screen.

Can I choose a rating for my custom avatar?

Yes, you can choose a rating for your custom avatar under the Users Your Profile Screen.

Can low privileged users upload their own avatar?

Yes, you can enable this feature under the Settings Discussion Screen.

Can I add the self-hosted avatars to my template files?

Yes, you can add the self-hosted avatars to your template files by using the WordPress built-in get_avatar() function to retrieve the avatar for a user who provided a user ID or email address.

Can I create a default custom avatar?

Yes, you can easily add your own by adding a filter to the avatar_defaults hook. After uploading the new image to your theme files, add this to your theme’s function.php file:

function custom_avatar_defaults ( $avatar_defaults ) {
    $avatar_url = get_bloginfo( 'template_directory' ) . '/images/avatar-default.png';
    $avatar_defaults[$avatar_url] = __( 'Custom Default Avatar', 'mytextdomain' );

    return $avatar_defaults;

add_filter( 'avatar_defaults', 'custom_avatar_defaults' );

Now, go to Settings Discussion Screen and select your new avatar from the list.


20 December 2023
First off great that this plugin works, doesn’t cause download of huge images to display as small avatars and seems to work well 🙂 I like that it supports gravatar as a default. I’m not sure it is still supported but if it is, it needs to have at least meta data updated so everything doesn’t point to moved pages and needs to be marked as tested in release 6.4.2 or so…
12 June 2023
Plugin works just as intended, but we need to remove due to no updates, not marked supported for WP 6.2 and newer PHP versions etc. Will the plugin get any more updates?
17 August 2021 6 replies
Much appreciated Avatar Manager… until after a recent update, it caused a strange effect in our User Submitted Posts. (USP Pro) What happened was, logged in users were no longer able to submit the posts. Only NON-logged in users could submit posts, which is of course just the opposite to what we want. Thanks Avatar Manager, sorry to leave you; it was great whilst it lasted! Cheers, Marjoline
30 June 2021
This is an excellent plugin. I use it on all of my sites that have posts that show the author. It is magic! Thank you to all who contributed. P.S. I love the octopus logo.
28 January 2020 2 replies
We are able to add avatar in user edit screen, but there are no options on Settings > Discussion page so you might want to fix that. Def nice to have option of not using Gravatar, which no longer works.
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Contributors & Developers

“Avatar Manager” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Avatar Manager” has been translated into 10 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Updated minified files.
  • Grunt tasks.
  • Mexican Spanish localization.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Media Library support.
  • Action and filter hooks.
  • Brazilian Portuguese localization.
  • French localization.
  • Major bug fixes.


  • Minified script files.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Multisite support.
  • Dutch localization.
  • Afrikaans localization.


  • Front-end support.
  • Russian localization.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • XML-RPC support.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Action and filter hooks.


  • Media states.


  • Romanian localization.
  • Minor bug fixes.


  • Initial release.