BP Local Avatars


BP Local Avatars is a BuddyPress plugin.

Do you have members or groups on your BuddyPress site who do not have an Avatar?
And you do not want to show the generic default avatar?
Or maybe you do not want each page view to include a lot of calls to gravatar.com to load avatars?

  • This plugin will create a Gravatar Identicon avatar, thumb and full versions, for any user who does not already have an Avatar, and save it locally.
  • Supports user creation, user registration, user login, and Bulk Generation for user and groups.
  • Uses the existing BuddyPress avatar directory structure.
  • Conforms to the defined sizes for BuddyPress thumb and full avatars.
  • Users can still upload an avatar via their profile.
  • Groups can still upload an avatar via Group > Manage > Photo.


  1. Provides an option in wp-admin under:
    Settings -> Discussion > Default Avatar > BuddyPress Identicon (Generated and Stored Locally).

  2. Select and Save. Otherwise this plugin will not do anything.

  3. After saving, you will see a link to ‚Bulk Generate‘ avatars for all users and groups who do not have a local avatar. If a user already has their own Gravatar, it will save it locally.

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  • Shows the new Default Avatar option and Bulk Generation link in Settings > Discussion > Avatars


  1. Unzip and then upload the ‚bp-local-avatars‘ folder to the ‚/wp-content/plugins/‘ directory

  2. Activate the plugin through the ‚Plugins‘ menu in WordPress

  3. Go to Settings -> Discussion and scroll down to ‚Default Avatar‘. Select and Save the option called ‚BuddyPress Identicon (Generated and Stored Locally)‘.


Does it support Monsterid and Wavatar?

Yes, but it defaults to Identicon.
You can change the type of avatar created by adjusting the calls in ‚public function create()‘

Are there any server requirements?

Just this: requires that ‚allow_url_fopen‘ is set to true. Which is the default setting on most servers.


28. April 2018
Hi, After generating local save for all gravatars, the main gravatar has gone. Only smaller gravatars are still there but the main and biggest photo (150 x 150px) has changed to the grey buddypress person. Users who did not used gravater had no issue. What a pitty!
26. Dezember 2016
Like all products from Shane and the Philopress team, the plugin works great, and thanks to their friendly support they are a pleasure to work with. 5/5. I rely on several of Philopress‘ products to run my Buddypress-powered community site.
3. September 2016
Tried a lot local avatar for buddypress, this is the only one works for me. Really good plugin and solved my problem. Since Gravatar is blocked from my country, My site can’t running avatar without this plugin.Huge thanks again. The only thing I wish you can improve is the avatar on post comment for people who are not logged in. Currently it is not working. Is it possible to make this working?
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Tested with WP 5.4
Now generates avatars if a dir exists but is empty


Bug that caused broken avatars on comments by anonymous users – Fixed


Tested with WP 4.7 and BP 2.7.2


Updated call to gravatar.com to conform with new request format.


Tested in WP 4.3


Add admin notice after avatars are generated


Tweak for icon in Settings > Discussion > Default Avatar option


Tested with WP 4.2, adds check for BP, on deactivation will reset default avatar to Mystery


Added support for Group avatars


Tested with WP 4.1.1


  • remove global


  • readme spelling


  • Initial release