Downloading and installing WPMU DEV plugins couldn’t be simpler. Using our Dashboard plugin is the easiest way to add our products to your site, but we also give you the opportunity to download plugin files (even older versions!) from our site directly, so you can install via the Upload New Plugin option in WordPress, or by FTP.

Have you met your new Plugins Manager?

Visit the new Plugins manager in your Hub to install, delete, activate or deactivate any plugins from WPMU DEV or, on any or all of your connected sites.

3.1 Install WPMU DEV Plugins

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To browse all of our plugins, simply click the Plugins link at the top of your screen.

Installing WPMU DEV plugins
Once you’ve found a plugin that interests you, click the screenshot to go straight to its dedicated page.

Each plugin has its own project page. Click the link to see the project page for Hustle.

Hustle project page

If you have not yet installed the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin on your site (and we highly recommend that you do so), you’ll see the following prompt upon clicking the “Install” button:

WPMU DEV dashboard plugin page

You have the option of either:

  • Installing the WPMU DEV Dashboard before continuing with your selected plugin. Simply click the “Download Now” option to be redirected to the Dashboard plugin page to get that done first.
  • Or, If you do not wish to download and install the Dashboard at this time, click the “No thanks, just download directly” option, and the download will start right away.

If you are a trial member, and try to download a plugin from the project page, you’ll be prompted to download the dashboard plugin. At this time, we don’t allow direct downloads until you are a full (non-trial) member. You can bypass this by skipping the free trial, from your hub account tab, which charges your payment method and unlocks the full, magical WPMU DEV experience.

3.2 Download Previous Versions of WPMU DEV Plugins

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Although we highly recommend always using the most current version of our plugins, there might be times you want to download an old version. Simply navigate to the plugin project page.

Below the project page video, click the Changelog link.

WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin changelog link

In the popup that appears, you can then see the two most recent previous versions we’ve released. Just click on the “Download” button for the relevant version number and the download will start.

WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin changelogs and download buttons

Please note: You do need to hold an active membership to download current and past versions.


The Safari browser automatically unzips archive files that you download to your computer. This means that any .zip plugin file you download is automatically unzipped and must be zipped again before you can upload it to your WordPress site. You can change this default behavior though by following this guide.

Installing plugins

Not sure how to upload plugins in .zip format once you’ve downloaded them? See our Installing WordPress Plugins doc for help with that.

3.3 Installing WPMU DEV Plugins via Composer

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If you are the advanced developer type and like to manage your WP site via the Composer package manager, WPMU DEV has full support for that! We are now publishing our own Composer repository.

You can also check out our blog post on using Composer with our plugins here.

Composer Integration Example

All packages are protected by basic auth with your API key as the username, you can leave password blank. All you have to do is add as a composer repository to your WP root Composer.json file. Here is an example of what you would need to add to your Composer.json file to install the latest version of Beehive and Branda plugins:

Package names use the url slug of the project as found in our listings, not necessarily the folder name.

After entering your API key once, Composer will prompt you to save it in a private location, which is fine. Please note that it’s highly recommended not to save your API Key into Composer.json, as that is often published and publicly accessible which is a violation of our TOS. So if you save it make sure it’s in the proper auth.json file which is excluded from public repos.

Updating the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin

Note that the folder name for the Dashboard plugin changed to wpmu-dev-dashboard as of version

This means you may have trouble updating your Dashboard plugin via Composer, as the update may save to a new folder named wpmu-dev-dashboard instead of updating to the existing wpmudev-updates folder.

If this happens on your install, please edit your Composer.json file so the block related to your Dashboard plugin contains an installer-paths extra:

3.4 Retired Plugins

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From time to time we may retire a product which has become outdated or unfeasible to continue supporting. To see an updated list of which of our products have been retired, please read Retiring our Legacy Plugins.