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WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version


WordPress Core Downgrade/Update

EN: The plugin “WP Downgrade” forces the WordPress update routine to perform the installation of a specified WordPress release. The Core Release you specify is then downloaded from and installed as would any regular update. You can permanently stay on a previous version of your choice or update selected.

The user Gahapati describes it so much better than I can. (Thank you!)

WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version has the potential for becoming one of the best-loved plugins among those, who simply cannot update to the latest WP release.

In the past the latest WP release was the only offering for WP’s Automatic Update routine. This left all those behind, who have to wait with Core updates, until their plugins become compatible with newer WP releases. When this finally happens, more often than not there has already been yet another Core update. In the end a dreaded, cumbersome, time-consuming and error-prone Manual Update used to be the only way to go.

With WP Downgrade | Specific Core Version this is now a thing of the past. Anyone who lags behind the latest WP release is now able to use Automatic Updates even to lower WP versions. What WP Downgrade does simply is to make WP believe that the version you want to update to actually is the latest version. Because of this, there is no difference to updating to the latest version.

For security reasons I think this is a must-have plugin for anyone running a “seasoned” WP installation, and it actually should be a Core feature to be able to update not to the latest WP release exclusively but instead to have a choice among secure releases.

New advanced option: You are now able to manually edit the download link, if necessary. This allows, for example, a change of language for wp-core. Or you can get the release from another source.

DE: Das Plugin “WP Downgrade” zwingt die WordPress-interne Update-Funktion, ein bestimmtes WordPress-Release zu installieren. Das definierte Core-Release wird wie ein reguläres Update von bezogen und direkt installiert.
Das klappt wie gewohnt per Update-Button im Admin-Bereich oder per Auto-Update. Die Versionsnummer kann sowohl höher als auch niedriger sein als die aktuell installierte Version. Somit ist also auch ein Rollback auf frühere Releases möglich. Dein WordPress wird solange auf dieser Version bleiben, bis du eine neue Versionsnummer in WP-Downgrade hinterlegst (oder bis du die Versionsnummer leerst oder das Plugin deaktivierst).

Achtung: Nutzung auf eigene Gefahr!

WP-Downgrade funktioniert normalerweise prima. Trotzdem ist ein Versionswechsel immer ein riskanter Eingriff! Du solltest auf jeden Fall vorher ein Backup deiner Dateien und der Datenbank anlegen! Ich übernehme keinerlei Gewähr für deine Installation und werde auch keinen Support leisten.

Plugin hilfreich? Sag Danke!

Ich stelle das Plugin kostenlos zur Verfügung, freue mich aber sehr über Spenden oder einen Link auf meinen Reiseblog! 🙂
Bitte bewerte WP Downgrade, wenn es für dich nützlich ist!


  • Release-Nummer hinterlegen
  • Downgrade auf hinterlegte WordPress-Version aktivieren
  • WordPress bietet eine ältere Version als Update an


Der einfachste Weg:

  1. Gehe in deinem WordPress Backend auf Plugins -> Installieren und suche dort nach “WP Downgrade”.
  2. Klicke in der Trefferliste bei “WP Downgrade” auf “Jetzt installieren”
  3. Aktiviere das Plugin
  4. Nun findest du unter “Einstellungen” einen neuen Punkt namens “WP Downgrade”. Dort kannst du die gewünschte Core-Versionsnummer hinterlegen und anschließend das WordPress-Update vornehmen.

Der manuelle Weg:

  1. Lade das Plugin herunter
  2. Entpacke die ZIP-Datei
  3. Lade den gesamten Ordner wp-downgrade per FTP in das Verzeichnis /wp-content/plugins/ auf deinen Blog hoch
  4. Gehe in deinem WordPress Backend zu Plugins und aktiviere das Plugin
  5. Nun findest du unter “Einstellungen” einen neuen Punkt namens “WP Downgrade”. Dort kannst du die gewünschte Core-Versionsnummer hinterlegen und anschließend das WordPress-Update vornehmen.


Q: Button for update/reinstall is not visible

A: If there is no button for update/reinstall core on /wp-admin/update-core.php, this is being blocked by a custom code. Can be another plugin or your theme. Maybe you try something like this:

  1. Deactivate all other plugins
  2. Switch to a standard theme
  3. Remove this from wp-config: define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
  4. Remove something like that from wp-config: remove_action( 'init', 'wp_version_check' );
  5. Remove something like that from wp-config: add_filter('pre_option_update_core','__return_null');
  6. Remove something like that from wp-config: add_filter('pre_site_transient_update_core','__return_null');
  7. Remove “gd-system-plugin” from /wp-content/mu-plugins/
  8. Remove the reference to gd-config.php in wp-config.php.


8 de Noviembre, 2023
WP core updated automatically to 6.4 One of my important plugins stopped working correctly. I downgraded WP core to 6.3.2. It was really easy. Now I have turned off WP-core automatic plugin. Definetely keeper!! Big thanks
8 de Noviembre, 2023
Have no fear using this. Absolute genius, works fast and saved my production site after an auto upgrade to 6.4. THANKS
21 de Octubre, 2023
Saved me a ton of time when I needed to downgrade from the latest Wordpress that had some issues. It was super easy to install and set the old version I wanted.
17 de Agosto, 2023
Works like a charm, thanks a lot!! Please think about moving the menu item from “Settings” to “Tools”
2 de Julio, 2023
tried different versions and manually input link but nothing. version stays the same.
4 de Junio, 2023
We were going to research WP/CMD line to downgrade our client’s site to a release/build, but this plugin works as designed and FAST! Thank you and we have already blogged about this Magical Plugin 🙂 Dave
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  • Fixed PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Attempt to modify property “updates”
  • testet up to WordPress 6.2
  • compatibility with PHP 8.1


  • Small code improvement


  • Improved code quality


  • security fix (Thanks for reporting!)
  • testet up to WordPress 5.9
  • Donation link in readme.txt updatet. Thanks for your support!


  • compatibility with WordPress 5.5.1
  • Donation link added. I am very pleased with a coffee or a beer!


  • compatibility with WordPress 5.3.2
  • Bugfix for URL with language EN


  • Advanced option: You are now able to manually edit the download link, if necessary. This allows, for example, a change of language. Or you can get the release from another source.
  • Notes improved a little.
  • compatibility with WordPress 5.0.2


  • Improved access to the settings page (link from plugin overview)
  • compatibility with WordPress 4.7.1


  • bugfix on downloading certain languages
  • compatibility with WordPress 4.7


  • cleaned up code
  • small design change
  • added version number check


  • Englische Sprachdateien hinzugefügt. Vielen Dank an Gahapati!!


  • Fehler bei Sprachen ungleich “de_DE” behoben. Danke an Gahapati!!


  • Erste stabile Beta-Version
  • WordPress Downgrade oder Update nach Wahl
  • Funktioniert für Deutsche Sprachversion