Are you looking for modern, robust, and sophisticated social network software? BuddyPress is a suite of components that are common to a typical social network, and allows for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system.

Aimed at site builders & developers, BuddyPress is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, and extensibility. It is deliberately powerful yet unbelievably simple social network software, built by contributors to WordPress.

Members can register on your site to create user profiles, have private conversations, make social connections, create and interact in groups, and much more. Truly a social network in a box, BuddyPress helps you build a home for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community.

Built with developers in mind

BuddyPress helps site builders & developers add community features to their websites. It comes with a robust theme compatibility API that does its best to make every BuddyPress content page look and feel right with just about any WordPress theme. You will likely need to adjust some styling on your own to make everything look pristine.

BuddyPress themes are just WordPress themes with additional templates, and with a little work, you could easily create your own, too! A handful of BuddyPress-specific themes are readily available for download from WordPress.org, and lots more are available from third-party theme authors.

BuddyPress also comes with built-in support for Akismet and bbPress, two very popular and very powerful WordPress plugins. If you’re using either, visit their settings pages and ensure everything is configured to your liking.

The BuddyPress Add-ons

WordPress.org is home to some amazing Add-ons for BuddyPress, including:

NB: BP Classic is a backwards compatibility Add-on for BuddyPress 12.0 and up bringing back the BP Legacy URL parser, the BP Default theme and BP Legacy widgets.

Go to BuddyPress profile on WordPress.org to find them all!

Join our community

If you’re interested in contributing to BuddyPress, we’d love to have you. Head over to the BuddyPress Documentation site to find out how you can pitch in.

BuddyPress is available in many languages thanks to the volunteer efforts of individuals all around the world. Check out our translations page on the BuddyPress Documentation site for more details. If you are a polyglot, please consider helping translate BuddyPress into your language.

Growing the BuddyPress community means better software for everyone!


  • Activity Streams – Global, personal, and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and @mentions. All with full RSS feeds and email notification support.
  • Extended Profiles – Fully editable profile fields allow you to define the fields users can fill in to describe themselves. Tailor profile fields to suit your audience.
  • User Settings – Give your users complete control over profile and notification settings. Settings are fully integrated into your theme, and can be disabled by the administrator.
  • Extensible Groups – Powerful public, private or hidden groups allow your users to break the discussion down into specific topics. Extend groups with your own custom features using the group extension API.
  • Friend Connections – Let your users make connections so they can track the activity of others, or filter to show only those users they care about the most.
  • Private Messaging – Private messaging will allow your users to talk to each other directly and in private. Not just limited to one-on-one discussions, your users can send messages to multiple recipients.
  • Site Tracking – Track posts and comments in the activity stream, and allow your users to add their own blogs using WordPress’ Multisite feature.
  • Notifications – Keep your members up-to-date with relevant activity via toolbar and email notifications.


This plugin provides 15 blocks.

  • Recently Active Members Profile photos of recently active members.
  • Dynamic Members List A dynamic list of recently active, popular, and newest members.
  • Member BuddyPress Member.
  • Members BuddyPress Members.
  • Online Members Profile photos of online users.
  • Recent Networkwide Posts A list of recently published posts from across your network.
  • Embed an activity Add a block that displays the activity content pulled from this or other community sites.
  • Latest Activities Display the latest updates of the post author (when used into a page or post), of the displayed user (when viewing their profile) or of your community.
  • Sitewide Notices Display Sitewide Notices posted by the site administrator.
  • Login Form Show a Log In form to logged-out visitors, and a Log Out link to those who are logged in.
  • Primary navigation Displays BuddyPress primary nav in the sidebar of your site. Make sure to use it as the first widget of the sidebar and only once.
  • Friends List A dynamic list of recently active, popular, and newest friends of the post author (when used into a page or post) or of the displayed member (when used in a widgetized area). If author/member data is not available the block is not displayed.
  • Dynamic Groups List A dynamic list of recently active, popular, newest, or alphabetical groups.
  • Groups BuddyPress Groups.
  • Group BuddyPress Group.



To run BuddyPress, we recommend your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.4 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.7 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.4 or greater.
  • HTTPS support

Note: If you are in a legacy environment where you only have older PHP or MySQL versions, WordPress also works with PHP 5.6.20+ and MySQL 5.0+, but these versions have reached official End Of Life and as such may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles everything itself. To do an automatic install of BuddyPress, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “BuddyPress” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found it, you can view details about the latest release, such as community reviews, ratings, and description. Install BuddyPress by simply pressing “Install Now”.

Once activated:

  1. Visit ‘Settings > BuddyPress > Components’ and adjust the active components to match your community (you can always toggle these later).
  2. Visit ‘Settings > BuddyPress > Pages’ and setup your directories and special pages. We create a few automatically, but suggest you customize these to fit the flow and verbiage of your site.
  3. Visit ‘Settings > BuddyPress > Settings’ and take a moment to match BuddyPress’s settings to your expectations. We pick the most common configuration by default, but every community is different.


Can I use my existing WordPress theme?

Yes! BuddyPress works out-of-the-box with nearly every WordPress theme.

Will this work on WordPress multisite?

Yes! If your WordPress installation has multisite enabled, BuddyPress will support the global tracking of blogs, posts, comments, and even custom post types with a little bit of custom code.

Furthermore, BuddyPress can be activated and operate in just about any scope you need for it to:

  • Activate at the site level to only load BuddyPress on that site.
  • Activate at the network level for full integration with all sites in your network. (This is the most common multisite installation type.)
  • Enable multiblog mode to allow your BuddyPress content to be displayed on any site in your WordPress Multisite network, using the same central data.
  • Extend BuddyPress with a third-party multi-network plugin to allow each site or network to have an isolated and dedicated community, all from the same WordPress installation.

Read custom BuddyPress activations for more information.

Where can I get support?

Our community provides free support at https://buddypress.org/support/.

Where can I find documentation?

Our documentation site can be found at https://codex.buddypress.org/.

Where can I report a bug?

Report bugs, suggest ideas, and participate in development at https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org.

Where can I get the bleeding edge version of BuddyPress?

Check out the development trunk of BuddyPress from Subversion at https://buddypress.svn.wordpress.org/trunk/, or clone from Git at git://buddypress.git.wordpress.org/.

Who builds BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is free software, built by an international community of volunteers. Some contributors to BuddyPress are employed by companies that use BuddyPress, while others are consultants who offer BuddyPress-related services for hire. No one is paid by the BuddyPress project for his or her contributions.

If you would like to provide monetary support to BuddyPress, please consider a donation to the WordPress Foundation, or ask your favorite contributor how they prefer to have their efforts rewarded.

Discussion Forums

Try bbPress. It integrates with BuddyPress Groups, Profiles, and Notifications. Each group on your site can choose to have its own forum, and each user’s topics, replies, favorites, and subscriptions appear in their profiles.


30 мая, 2024 1 reply
The update to the new major version absolutely destroyed my BuddyPress community and content. Even after trying the BP Classic plugin, it was still non-functional, BP links would not go to the right pages, and lots of errors and 404’s. I’ve tried troubleshooting: I didn’t have any 3rd party BuddyPress plugins I, ran BP repair tools, cleaned my database out, lots. I’m just glad most of our community content was in bbPress, the forum software. That is all preserved. All the updates, memberships, friendships, and more that we depended on BuddyPress for is ruined. 🙁 Buddypress brought some interesting community functions, but after this disaster of a release, and the huge problems and time its been costing me, we need to reassess if it will be a part of our community’s future. I will look into a few other resolutions and if those don’t work, I’m giving up on Buddypress completely.
23 мая, 2024
It is not possible to link the pages to buddypress! Have tried and refreshed permalinks but it didn’t help! Have tested buddypress over the years, this was the last time. Very poor plugin and no howtos.
18 мая, 2024
All ok – its somewhat buggy but then it can’t be used to kill or enslave people so it doesn’t have big budget!
15 студзеня, 2024 3 replies
I am new to buddypress and try to understand the functions. I often work with elementor but since version 12 there are no physical wordpress pages I can load to the the editor.Where is the documentation for that? One sentence here, one sentence there. Sorry, but your documentation is absolutely horrible. You hardly find what you want.
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Contributors & Developers

“BuddyPress” has been translated into 46 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-14-0-0/


Security fix: The Members block was vulnerable to a Stored Cross-Site Scripting. Discovered by Wesley (wcraft) from the Wordfence organization.
See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-5-1/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-5-0/


Security fix: The dynamic Members, dynamic Friends & dynamic Groups blocks were vulnerable to a Stored Cross-Site Scripting. Discovered by Wesley (wcraft) from the Wordfence organization.
See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-4-1/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-4-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-3-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-2-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-1-1/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-12-0-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-4-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-3-2/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-3-1/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-2-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-1-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-11-0-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-6-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-5-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-4-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-3-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-2-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-1-0/


See: https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-10-0-0/