DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Complete List of Default WordPress Files

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When cleaning up hacked sites and testing .htaccess tricks, it’s nice to have a list of WordPress directory and file names for checking patterns and finding strings directly via Search/Find. Especially when working remotely, having a complete list of WordPress files available online can help expedite the attack-recovery process.

The official Codex page lists some important files, but only for WP version 2.x and doesn’t seem to list files located in all sub-directories. Sure it’s not the most exciting topic in the world, but it’s always good practice to know thy files. You get to see the bigger picture and gain a better understanding of how much stuff actually is included in WordPress — especially if you start digging around in the /wp-includes/ directory.. bring a snack, knife, and some flint to improve your chances.

We’re looking at default download/unzip of WordPress version 3.3.2 — a complete list of all files in all directories in alphabetical order. Here’s the roadmap:

Basic WordPress directory structure

/wordpress/

	/wp-admin/
		/css/
		/images/
		/includes/
		/js/
		/maint/
		/network/
		/user/

	/wp-content/
		/plugins/
			/akismet/
		/themes/
			/twentyeleven/
				/colors/
				/images/
				/inc/
					/images/
				/js/
				/languages/
			/twentyten/
				/images/
					/headers/
				/languages/
	
	/wp-includes/
		/Text/
		/css/
		/images/
			/crystal/
			/smilies/
			/wlw/
		/js/
			/crop/
			/imgareaselect/
			/jcrop/
			/jquery/
				/ui/
			/plupload/
			/scriptaculous/
			/swfupload/
				/plugins/
			/thickbox/
			/tinymce/
				/langs/
				/plugins/
					/directionality/
					/fullscreen/
					/inlinepopups/
						/skins/
							/clearlooks2/
								/img/
					/media/
						/css/
						/js/
					/paste/
						/js/
					/spellchecker/
						/classes/
							/utils/
						/css/
						/img/
						/includes/
					/tabfocus/
					/wordpress/
						/css/
						/img/
					/wpdialogs/
						/js/
					/wpeditimage/
						/css/
						/img/
						/js/
					/wpfullscreen/
					/wpgallery/
						/img/
					/wplink/
				/themes/
					/advanced/
						/img/
						/js/
						/skins/
							/default/
								/img/
							/highcontrast/
							/o2k7/
								/img/
							/wp_theme/
								/img/
				/utils/
		/pomo/
		/theme-compat/

Root-level WordPress files

/wordpress/
	index.php
	license.txt
	readme.html
	wp-activate.php
	wp-app.php
	wp-blog-header.php
	wp-comments-post.php
	wp-config-sample.php
	wp-cron.php
	wp-links-opml.php
	wp-load.php
	wp-login.php
	wp-mail.php
	wp-pass.php
	wp-register.php
	wp-settings.php
	wp-signup.php
	wp-trackback.php
	xmlrpc.php

Files in the /wp-admin/ directory

/wp-admin/
	about.php
	admin-ajax.php
	admin-footer.php
	admin-functions.php
	admin-header.php
	admin-post.php
	admin.php
	async-upload.php
	comment.php
	credits.php
	/css/
		colors-classic.css
		colors-classic.dev.css
		colors-fresh.css
		colors-fresh.dev.css
		farbtastic.css
		file-list.txt
		ie-rtl.css
		ie-rtl.dev.css
		ie.css
		ie.dev.css
		install.css
		install.dev.css
		media-rtl.css
		media-rtl.dev.css
		media.css
		media.dev.css
		wp-admin-rtl.css
		wp-admin-rtl.dev.css
		wp-admin.css
		wp-admin.dev.css
	custom-background.php
	custom-header.php
	edit-comments.php
	edit-form-advanced.php
	edit-form-comment.php
	edit-link-form.php
	edit-tag-form.php
	edit-tags.php
	edit.php
	export.php
	freedoms.php
	gears-manifest.php
	/images/
		align-center.png
		align-left.png
		align-none.png
		align-right.png
		archive-link.png
		arrows-dark-vs.png
		arrows-dark.png
		arrows-vs.png
		arrows.png
		blue-grad.png
		bubble_bg-rtl.gif
		bubble_bg.gif
		button-grad-active.png
		button-grad.png
		comment-grey-bubble.png
		date-button.gif
		ed-bg-vs.gif
		ed-bg.gif
		fade-butt.png
		fav-arrow-rtl.gif
		fav-arrow.gif
		fav-vs.png
		fav.png
		generic.png
		gray-grad.png
		gray-star.png
		icons32-vs.png
		icons32.png
		imgedit-icons.png
		list.png
		loading-publish.gif
		loading.gif
		logo-ghost.png
		logo-login.png
		logo.gif
		marker.png
		mask.png
		media-button-image.gif
		media-button-music.gif
		media-button-other.gif
		media-button-video.gif
		media-button.png
		menu-arrow-frame-rtl.png
		menu-arrow-frame.png
		menu-arrows.gif
		menu-bits-rtl-vs.gif
		menu-bits-rtl.gif
		menu-bits-vs.gif
		menu-bits.gif
		menu-dark-rtl-vs.gif
		menu-dark-rtl.gif
		menu-dark-vs.gif
		menu-dark.gif
		menu-shadow-rtl.png
		menu-shadow.png
		menu-vs.png
		menu.png
		no.png
		press-this.png
		required.gif
		resize-rtl.gif
		resize.gif
		screen-options-toggle-vs.gif
		screen-options-toggle.gif
		screenshots
		se.png
		sort.gif
		star.png
		toggle-arrow-rtl.gif
		toggle-arrow.gif
		upload-classic.png
		upload-fresh.png
		wheel.png
		white-grad-active.png
		white-grad.png
		widgets-arrow-vs.gif
		widgets-arrow.gif
		wordpress-logo.png
		wp-badge.png
		wp-logo-vs.png
		wp-logo.png
		wpspin_dark.gif
		wpspin_light.gif
		xit.gif
		yes.png
	import.php
	/includes/
		admin.php
		bookmark.php
		class-ftp-pure.php
		class-ftp-sockets.php
		class-ftp.php
		class-pclzip.php
		class-wp-comments-list-table.php
		class-wp-filesystem-base.php
		class-wp-filesystem-direct.php
		class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php
		class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php
		class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php
		class-wp-importer.php
		class-wp-links-list-table.php
		class-wp-list-table.php
		class-wp-media-list-table.php
		class-wp-ms-sites-list-table.php
		class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php
		class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php
		class-wp-plugin-install-list-table.php
		class-wp-plugins-list-table.php
		class-wp-posts-list-table.php
		class-wp-terms-list-table.php
		class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php
		class-wp-themes-list-table.php
		class-wp-upgrader.php
		class-wp-users-list-table.php
		comment.php
		continents-cities.php
		dashboard.php
		deprecated.php
		export.php
		file.php
		image-edit.php
		image.php
		import.php
		list-table.php
		manifest.php
		media.php
		menu.php
		meta-boxes.php
		misc.php
		ms-deprecated.php
		ms.php
		nav-menu.php
		plugin-install.php
		plugin.php
		post.php
		schema.php
		screen.php
		taxonomy.php
		template.php
		theme-install.php
		theme.php
		update-core.php
		update.php
		upgrade.php
		user.php
		widgets.php
	index-extra.php
	index.php
	install-helper.php
	install.php
	/js/
		cat.dev.js
		cat.js
		categories.dev.js
		categories.js
		comment.dev.js
		comment.js
		common.dev.js
		common.js
		custom-background.dev.js
		custom-background.js
		custom-fields.dev.js
		custom-fields.js
		dashboard.dev.js
		dashboard.js
		edit-comments.dev.js
		edit-comments.js
		editor.dev.js
		editor.js
		farbtastic.js
		gallery.dev.js
		gallery.js
		image-edit.dev.js
		image-edit.js
		inline-edit-post.dev.js
		inline-edit-post.js
		inline-edit-tax.dev.js
		inline-edit-tax.js
		link.dev.js
		link.js
		media-upload.dev.js
		media-upload.js
		media.dev.js
		media.js
		nav-menu.dev.js
		nav-menu.js
		password-strength-meter.dev.js
		password-strength-meter.js
		plugin-install.dev.js
		plugin-install.js
		post.dev.js
		post.js
		postbox.dev.js
		postbox.js
		revisions-js.php
		set-post-thumbnail.dev.js
		set-post-thumbnail.js
		tags.dev.js
		tags.js
		theme-preview.dev.js
		theme-preview.js
		theme.dev.js
		theme.js
		user-profile.dev.js
		user-profile.js
		utils.dev.js
		utils.js
		widgets.dev.js
		widgets.js
		word-count.dev.js
		word-count.js
		wp-fullscreen.dev.js
		wp-fullscreen.js
		xfn.dev.js
		xfn.js
	link-add.php
	link-manager.php
	link-parse-opml.php
	link.php
	load-scripts.php
	load-styles.php
	/maint/
		repair.php
	media-new.php
	media-upload.php
	media.php
	menu-header.php
	menu.php
	moderation.php
	ms-admin.php
	ms-delete-site.php
	ms-edit.php
	ms-options.php
	ms-sites.php
	ms-themes.php
	ms-upgrade-network.php
	ms-users.php
	my-sites.php
	nav-menus.php
	/network/
		admin.php
		edit.php
		index-extra.php
		index.php
		menu.php
		plugin-editor.php
		plugin-install.php
		plugins.php
		profile.php
		settings.php
		setup.php
		site-info.php
		site-new.php
		site-settings.php
		site-themes.php
		site-users.php
		sites.php
		theme-editor.php
		theme-install.php
		themes.php
		update-core.php
		update.php
		upgrade.php
		user-edit.php
		user-new.php
		users.php
	network.php
	options-discussion.php
	options-general.php
	options-head.php
	options-media.php
	options-permalink.php
	options-privacy.php
	options-reading.php
	options-writing.php
	options.php
	plugin-editor.php
	plugin-install.php
	plugins.php
	post-new.php
	post.php
	press-this.php
	profile.php
	revision.php
	setup-config.php
	theme-editor.php
	theme-install.php
	themes.php
	tools.php
	update-core.php
	update.php
	upgrade-functions.php
	upgrade.php
	upload.php
	/user/
		admin.php
		index-extra.php
		index.php
		menu.php
		profile.php
		user-edit.php
	user-edit.php
	user-new.php
	users.php
	widgets.php

Files in the /wp-content/ directory

/wp-content/
	index.php
	/plugins/
		/akismet/
			admin.php
			akismet.css
			akismet.gif
			akismet.js
			akismet.php
			legacy.php
			readme.txt
			widget.php
		hello.php
		index.php
	/themes/
		index.php
		/twentyeleven/
			404.php
			archive.php
			author.php
			category.php
			/colors/
				dark.css
			comments.php
			content-aside.php
			content-featured.php
			content-gallery.php
			content-image.php
			content-intro.php
			content-link.php
			content-page.php
			content-quote.php
			content-single.php
			content-status.php
			content.php
			editor-style-rtl.css
			editor-style.css
			footer.php
			functions.php
			header.php
			image.php
			/images/
				comment-arrow-bypostauthor-dark-rtl.png
				comment-arrow-bypostauthor-dark.png
				comment-arrow-bypostauthor-rtl.png
				comment-arrow-bypostauthor.png
				comment-arrow-dark-rtl.png
				comment-arrow-dark.png
				comment-arrow-rtl.png
				comment-arrow.png
				comment-bubble-dark-rtl.png
				comment-bubble-dark.png
				comment-bubble-rtl.png
				comment-bubble.png
				headers
				search.png
				wordpress.png
			/inc/
				/images/
					content-sidebar.png
					content.png
					dark.png
					light.png
					sidebar-content.png
				theme-options.css
				theme-options.js
				theme-options.php
				widgets.php
			index.php
			/js/
				html5.js
				showcase.js
			/languages/
				twentyeleven.pot
			license.txt
			page.php
			readme.txt
			rtl.css
			screenshot.png
			search.php
			searchform.php
			showcase.php
			sidebar-footer.php
			sidebar-page.php
			sidebar.php
			single.php
			style.css
			tag.php
		/twentyten/
			404.php
			archive.php
			attachment.php
			author.php
			category.php
			comments.php
			editor-style-rtl.css
			editor-style.css
			footer.php
			functions.php
			header.php
			/images/
				/headers/
					berries-thumbnail.jpg
					berries.jpg
					cherryblossoms-thumbnail.jpg
					cherryblossoms.jpg
					concave-thumbnail.jpg
					concave.jpg
					fern-thumbnail.jpg
					fern.jpg
					forestfloor-thumbnail.jpg
					forestfloor.jpg
					inkwell-thumbnail.jpg
					inkwell.jpg
					path-thumbnail.jpg
					path.jpg
					sunset-thumbnail.jpg
					sunset.jpg
				wordpress.png
			index.php
			/languages/
				twentyten.pot
			license.txt
			loop-attachment.php
			loop-page.php
			loop-single.php
			loop.php
			onecolumn-page.php
			page.php
			rtl.css
			screenshot.png
			search.php
			sidebar-footer.php
			sidebar.php
			single.php
			style.css
			tag.php

Files in the /wp-includes/ directory

/wp-includes/
	/Text/
		Diff
		Diff.php
	admin-bar.php
	atomlib.php
	author-template.php
	bookmark-template.php
	bookmark.php
	cache.php
	canonical.php
	capabilities.php
	category-template.php
	category.php
	class-IXR.php
	class-feed.php
	class-http.php
	class-json.php
	class-oembed.php
	class-phpass.php
	class-phpmailer.php
	class-pop3.php
	class-simplepie.php
	class-smtp.php
	class-snoopy.php
	class-wp-admin-bar.php
	class-wp-ajax-response.php
	class-wp-editor.php
	class-wp-error.php
	class-wp-http-ixr-client.php
	class-wp-walker.php
	class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php
	class-wp.php
	class.wp-dependencies.php
	class.wp-scripts.php
	class.wp-styles.php
	comment-template.php
	comment.php
	compat.php
	cron.php
	/css/
		admin-bar-rtl.css
		admin-bar-rtl.dev.css
		admin-bar.css
		admin-bar.dev.css
		editor-buttons.css
		editor-buttons.dev.css
		jquery-ui-dialog.css
		jquery-ui-dialog.dev.css
		wp-pointer.css
		wp-pointer.dev.css
	default-constants.php
	default-filters.php
	default-widgets.php
	deprecated.php
	feed-atom-comments.php
	feed-atom.php
	feed-rdf.php
	feed-rss.php
	feed-rss2-comments.php
	feed-rss2.php
	feed.php
	formatting.php
	functions.php
	functions.wp-scripts.php
	functions.wp-styles.php
	general-template.php
	http.php
	/images/
		admin-bar-sprite.png
		arrow-pointer-blue.png
		blank.gif
		/crystal/
			archive.png
			audio.png
			code.png
			default.png
			document.png
			interactive.png
			license.txt
			spreadsheet.png
			text.png
			video.png
		down_arrow.gif
		icon-pointer-flag.png
		rss.png
		/smilies/
			icon_arrow.gif
			icon_biggrin.gif
			icon_confused.gif
			icon_cool.gif
			icon_cry.gif
			icon_eek.gif
			icon_evil.gif
			icon_exclaim.gif
			icon_idea.gif
			icon_lol.gif
			icon_mad.gif
			icon_mrgreen.gif
			icon_neutral.gif
			icon_question.gif
			icon_razz.gif
			icon_redface.gif
			icon_rolleyes.gif
			icon_sad.gif
			icon_smile.gif
			icon_surprised.gif
			icon_twisted.gif
			icon_wink.gif
		toggle-arrow.png
		upload.png
		/wlw/
			wp-comments.png
			wp-icon.png
			wp-watermark.png
		wpicons.png
		wpmini-blue.png
		xit.gif
	/js/
		admin-bar.dev.js
		admin-bar.js
		autosave.dev.js
		autosave.js
		colorpicker.dev.js
		colorpicker.js
		comment-reply.dev.js
		comment-reply.js
		/crop/
			cropper.css
			cropper.js
			marqueeHoriz.gif
			marqueeVert.gif
		hoverIntent.dev.js
		hoverIntent.js
		/imgareaselect/
			border-anim-h.gif
			border-anim-v.gif
			imgareaselect.css
			jquery.imgareaselect.dev.js
			jquery.imgareaselect.js
		/jcrop/
			Jcrop.gif
			jquery.Jcrop.css
			jquery.Jcrop.dev.js
			jquery.Jcrop.js
		/jquery/
			jquery.color.dev.js
			jquery.color.js
			jquery.form.dev.js
			jquery.form.js
			jquery.hotkeys.dev.js
			jquery.hotkeys.js
			jquery.js
			jquery.query.js
			jquery.schedule.js
			jquery.serialize-object.js
			jquery.table-hotkeys.dev.js
			jquery.table-hotkeys.js
			suggest.dev.js
			suggest.js
			/ui/
				jquery.effects.blind.min.js
				jquery.effects.bounce.min.js
				jquery.effects.clip.min.js
				jquery.effects.core.min.js
				jquery.effects.drop.min.js
				jquery.effects.explode.min.js
				jquery.effects.fade.min.js
				jquery.effects.fold.min.js
				jquery.effects.highlight.min.js
				jquery.effects.pulsate.min.js
				jquery.effects.scale.min.js
				jquery.effects.shake.min.js
				jquery.effects.slide.min.js
				jquery.effects.transfer.min.js
				jquery.ui.accordion.min.js
				jquery.ui.autocomplete.min.js
				jquery.ui.button.min.js
				jquery.ui.core.min.js
				jquery.ui.datepicker.min.js
				jquery.ui.dialog.min.js
				jquery.ui.draggable.min.js
				jquery.ui.droppable.min.js
				jquery.ui.mouse.min.js
				jquery.ui.position.min.js
				jquery.ui.progressbar.min.js
				jquery.ui.resizable.min.js
				jquery.ui.selectable.min.js
				jquery.ui.slider.min.js
				jquery.ui.sortable.min.js
				jquery.ui.tabs.min.js
				jquery.ui.widget.min.js
		json2.dev.js
		json2.js
		/plupload/
			changelog.txt
			handlers.dev.js
			handlers.js
			license.txt
			plupload.flash.js
			plupload.flash.swf
			plupload.html4.js
			plupload.html5.js
			plupload.js
			plupload.silverlight.js
			plupload.silverlight.xap
		prototype.js
		quicktags.dev.js
		quicktags.js
		/scriptaculous/
			MIT-LICENSE
			builder.js
			controls.js
			dragdrop.js
			effects.js
			scriptaculous.js
			slider.js
			sound.js
			unittest.js
			wp-scriptaculous.js
		swfobject.js
		/swfupload/
			handlers.dev.js
			handlers.js
			license.txt
			/plugins/
				swfupload.cookies.js
				swfupload.queue.js
				swfupload.speed.js
				swfupload.swfobject.js
			swfupload-all.js
			swfupload.js
			swfupload.swf
		/thickbox/
			loadingAnimation.gif
			macFFBgHack.png
			tb-close.png
			thickbox.css
			thickbox.js
		/tinymce/
			/langs/
				wp-langs-en.js
				wp-langs.php
			license.txt
			/plugins/
				/directionality/
					editor_plugin.js
				/fullscreen/
					editor_plugin.js
					fullscreen.htm
				/inlinepopups/
					editor_plugin.js
					/skins/
						/clearlooks2/
							/img/
								alert.gif
								button.gif
								buttons.gif
								confirm.gif
								corners.gif
								drag.gif
								horizontal.gif
								vertical.gif
							window.css
					template.htm
				/media/
					/css/
						media.css
					editor_plugin.js
					/js/
						embed.js
						media.js
					media.htm
					moxieplayer.swf
				/paste/
					blank.htm
					editor_plugin.js
					/js/
						pastetext.js
						pasteword.js
					pastetext.htm
					pasteword.htm
				/spellchecker/
					changelog.txt
					/classes/
						EnchantSpell.php
						GoogleSpell.php
						PSpell.php
						PSpellShell.php
						SpellChecker.php
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25 Responses

  1. Jim Gaudet May 3, 2012

    I wonder which of these files are changed by the system and which are never to be changed. On the ones that should never be changed, except via a core upgrade, maybe a checksum so that we can compare the files more rapidly.

    This is great info. No sharing buttons :(

    • That’s a good suggestion Jim gave there.

      But still. An excellent and bloody usefull post!

  2. Whoa! Useful. Agreed! No sharing?

    • Serious on the sharing?! Let me ask.. which buttons/services should we add or would be helpful? Been thinking about a redesign and might want to factor ‘em in..

      • Jim Gaudet May 4, 2012

        I understand the feeling of now wanting to put on the buttons. The fact that it makes your site a bit slower is a reason I hadn’t liked the idea in the past. But, with caching things are getting better. And I think Yoast has a great tut on setting them up in a very efficient way.

        I truly only use Google+ (Big G is weighing this hard I am sure), Facebook and Twitter

        I did share it on Facebook !

        • Minimal Twitter, Facebook and G+.

        • For Google, what’s better, +1 or Share? Agreed on FB & Twitter.

        • Jim Gaudet May 4, 2012

          The + will bring up a share box when you click it

        • Jim Gaudet May 4, 2012

          PP is a great place and i love the 5G Blacklist! I think, at least for me and maybe a good question to ask others, is that I do not like to share everything, but I do hit the Like or +1 buttons if I spend the time to read the article and hit will share if I think people on my lists would also like to read it.

          So, not sure what is best for you. I haven’t seen whether sharing auto gives a +1 or not, which I think are two different things. A like count and a share count..

        • Thanks! I’m currently experimenting there with the Google social-media stuff, so will try adding the +1 at the end of each post and see what happens. I think “like count and a share count” explains it well. They should merge the two into one all-powerful + button or something :)

  3. Tweet for sure! Facebook share for sure IMO – would allow others to specifically share on their own pages, groups, networks etc. highly focused! Facebook like… debatable – it only gets lost in the plethora of the Facebook algos right? Google +1 yeah! no brainer, if it’s authority you want authority you will get. If not, then it wouldn’t harm in the whole scheme of things from an seo point of view anyways.

  4. Useful list, thanks Jeff. Please include Google+ when you get around to adding sharing buttons.

  5. Jason May 6, 2012

    Isn’t there a plugin that will detect hacked files for easy clean up?

    • Good question.. is there a plugin that can discern between good/bad code? It’s simple to auto-scan for the obvious stuff, but attacks are becoming more sophisticated, using methods that are difficult to detect (by any means). Plugins may be useful tools to get started with, but ultimately insufficient for serious cleanup work.

      • Jason May 7, 2012

        right by looking at the code it would be difficult for a plugin to decided what is valid or not, but if there appears to be a problem on your site then a plugin could download the most current set of files from wordpress, over write all of the core files (not the wp-content folder or config) and then you will know that the core files are clean. Further the plugin could do automatic database backups that could restore data on the fly. I believe that any plugins or theme files in the wp-content folder should be locally backed up, so if any of those are corrupted one could simply ftp the theme and plugin files back into the wordpress wp-content folder. I don’t fully know all of the attack methods, but this clean start approach may be a good start to defend against most of the attacks.

      • Jason May 7, 2012

        I did some quick testing, so I don’t know how safe this is, but if you go to wp-includes/version.php , change the $wp_version = ’3.3.2′; back to a previous version, then wordpress will prompt you to upgrade. Once you do that then it will replace all of the core files with the most current version. This is a quick way to make sure the core files are not corrupted, and either fix a hacked site or at least narrow down the search for the problem.

      • Good ideas, but ultimately you’ve got to secure your site, not just clean up the mess. Replacing corrupt files is an important step, and plugins can help with that, but unless you also lock down vulnerabilities and actually take measures to secure your site, simply replacing hacked files with clean ones is futile because it will just happen all over again.

  6. I’d love to see a review of Wordfence, it’s a new antivirus/ firewall plugin /service

  7. Luke@MetaSmash May 14, 2012

    Highly useful and bookmarked.

    To add to the IDS discussion, http://www.snort.org is a good solution. It needs to be trained a bit to not report everything, but a few times its shown up some bad activity which I have gone on to block.

    Login Lockdown is the one plugin, which has saved my bacon a few times.

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