BuddyPress Default Data


Plugin will create lots of users, messages, friends connections, groups, topics, activity items, profile data – useful for testing purpose.

All imported users will have avatars, generated by 8biticon.com and displayed by Gravatar.

Please use this plugin with caution and not on a live site! Again, USE FOR TESTING THEMES AND PLUGINGS, NOT ON A STAGING SITE WITH LIVE DATA. Plugin should not mess with your live data, but not guaranteed.

Clear BuddyPress button will delete all data, that was generated by this plugin: messages, groups, notifications, friends, forum posts, xprofile. Plugin won’t reimport data if clicked twice.

And turn off email notifications in profile (friendship accepted and messages received) – or you will spam yourself 🙂 Imported users have these settings already turned off.


  • Admin Page with Import Status


Admin Installer via search

  1. Visit the Add New plugin screen and search for “buddypress default data”.
  2. Click the “Install Now” button.
  3. Activate the plugin.
  4. Navigate to the “Tools > BP Default Data” (if WP) or “Network Admin > Settings > BP Default Data” (if WPMS) menu.

Admin Installer via zip

  1. Visit the Add New plugin screen and click the “Upload Plugin” button.
  2. Click the “Browse…” button and select zip file from your computer.
  3. Click “Install Now” button.
  4. Once done uploading, activate BuddyPress Default Data.
  5. Navigate to the “Tools > BP Default Data” (if WP) or “Network Admin > Settings > BP Default Data” (if WPMS) menu.


  1. Upload the BuddyPress Default Data plugin folder to the plugins directory in your WordPress installation.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Navigate to the “Tools > BP Default Data” (if WP) or “Network Admin > Settings > BP Default Data” (if WPMS) menu.

That’s it!


5 اپريل 2020
This is one of the first plugins I activate after Buddypress... absolutely necessary.
4 فيبروري 2018
I use this plugin every time I work on my BuddyPress plugin. Saves me a TON of time adding test users and data. I particularly like the granularity of the data you can add. And the easy removal of test data. Thanks for such a great plugin!
22 نومبر 2016
For testing in localhost (development site) this plugin is awesome, adds a bunch of Users, Groups, Topics, Activity etc... everything needed for testing in a non-production site without having to manually create dozens of users and test groups etc.... I'm developing a BuddyPress/bbPress feature for a plugin I develop https://wordpress.org/plugins/display-widgets-seo-plus/ (adding widget logic for BuddyPress/bbPress) and this has saved me a lot of time setting up a test environment. Under no circumstance use on a live production site. If you use this on an important forum it's going to make a mess, your current users will have the new Activity items etc... associated with them, they'll have friends associated with them, only use for testing on a site you plan to delete afterwards. Also the Users added all have the same password, so any idiot who knows this plugin exists can log into your forum using those users and passwords: no more of a threat than any user on a forum, but would make it easy to add SPAM to your forum. Don't use on a live site. David
3 سيپٽمبر 2016
Do NOT install this plugin if you have any users. This plugin generates activity/content for all users on the site (not just the users created with the plugin). Even after the plugin is deleted, content with links to plugin is still being generated. For example, I created new extended profile fields and they are being populated by the plugin even after the plugin has been deleted!
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“BuddyPress Default Data” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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1.3.1 (25.09.2020)

  • Checked compatibility with BuddyPress 6.x.
  • Removed usage tracking.

1.3.0 (29.03.2020)

  • Checked and fixed compatibility with BuddyPress 5.x.
  • Fixed several PHP catchable fatal errors, warnings and notices in importing logic.
  • Added optional (off by default) usage tracking option. All the details are in plugin admin area.

1.2.0 (17.05.2017)

  • Smarter data deletion – delete only IMPORTED data, and not everything
  • Save, what was already imported, and prevent data duplication (re-run won’t re-import data)
  • Use bemailr/wp-requirements to activate the plugin only when it’s done on supported WP/BP versions
  • Better code structure, easier to work with for future improvements (more to come)
  • Improved labels for better readability
  • Add “Import Data” quick link for BPDD plugin on Plugins page
  • Improved plugin installation instructions
  • More clear text what will be deleted
  • Lots of other minor improvements everywhere

1.1.2 (19.04.2017)

  • Better active components check – no more failing if (for example) xProfile is disabled
  • Fixed dates problem – now all dates are randomized in activity stream
  • Fixed several notices and warnings that were generated under certain circumstances
  • Better translation support
  • Turned off certain emails for imported users
  • Better code logic in various places, and code comments

1.1.1 (19.07.2015)

  • Adding Composer support

1.1 (20.01.2015)

  • Import xProfile fields structure with all possible default types of fields
  • Import appropriate data for each user for each field type

1.0.6 (04.01.2015)

  • Latest WordPress and BuddyPress compatibility checks
  • Import first/last names correctly

1.0.5 (17.08.2014)

  • Latest WordPress and BuddyPress compatibility checks
  • Fixed some strict PHP notices

1.0.4 (03.04.2014)

  • BuddyPress 2.0 support last_activity speed improvement
  • Fixed a notice

1.0.3 (09.04.2013)

  • Now all imported users have avatar

1.0.2 (08.04.2013)

  • Fixed import errors

1.0.1 (15.12.2012)

  • WordPress 3.5 compatibility
  • Fixed admin menu (not worked on WPMS under Tools)

1.0 (all props to Paul Gibbs aka @pgibbs)

  • Updates and fixes for the latest version of BuddyPress.
  • Fixes an issue with friend requests being incorrectly generated.


  • 0.6 + personal (0.1) and groups (0.1) activities = 0.8


  • 0.5 + friends connection between imported users (0.1) = 0.6
  • Released for Paul Gibbs (@pgibbs) 🙂


  • Fixing some compatibility issues
  • better support of forums (check whether they are activated properly or not)


  • 0.4 + groups members import (0.1) = 0.5


  • 0.3 + messages import (0.1) = 0.4


  • Initial release: admin page (0.1) + users import (0.1) + groups import (0.1) = 0.3