WP Remote Thumbnail


WP Remote Thumbnail is a very lightweight WordPress plugin that comes with zero configuration and one-click setup. Using this plugin, you can easily set any external image as the featured image of any post/page or even custom post types.

This plugin automatically adds a custom metabox to each post type that supports post thumbnails. You just need to copy and paste the URL of any image into the metabox and click publish/update.


  • Add remote thumbnail URL and click publish/update.
  • After adding a remote thumbnail.


  1. Go to your admin area and select Plugins -> Add new from the menu.
  2. Search for “WP Remote Thumbnail”.
  3. Click install.
  4. Click activate.
  5. Go to any post/page and add your external images.


What is a remote thumbnail?

You can call a remote thumbnail an external featured image. This plugin will help you set any external image as the featured image of any post/page.


Îlon 26, 2018
Just downloaded this plugin because I though it would solve my problem. Instead, it just throws an error when I try to save a post: Warning: basename() expects parameter 2 to be string, array given in …/wp-remote-thumbnail/wp-remote-thumbnail.php on line 97 Looks like it’s the same error that was reported over three years ago.
Îlon 3, 2016 1 reply
This plugin looks like the answer to my issue, but I don’t want to start counting on a plugin that is dying. I see it’s been 11 months since your last update, are you going to revive this plugin or let it die? Thanks Matt
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“WP Remote Thumbnail” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixed: Fatal and warning errors
  • Checked with latest wp and PHP version


  • Fixed: Meta data URL save issue.
  • Code cleanup.


  • Fixed issue with larger images.
  • Increased timeout for getting images.
  • Better error handling.


  • This is the first version.