Get Plugin Download Count from API

Since last 3 days, I have been looking out for a way to get the total download count of my plugin.

But there is almost no information about API for except on which is just links and some more information on which provides details on WordPress Plugin Information API. So after some tweaking and testing here is the final code to get the download count.

[cc lang=”php”]<?php
$payload = array(
‘action’ => ‘plugin_information’,
‘request’ => serialize(
‘slug’ => ‘i-recommend-this’,
‘fields’ => array(
‘downloaded’ => true,
‘description’ => false

$body = wp_remote_post( ‘’, array( ‘body’ => $payload) );

$body = unserialize($body[‘body’]);
echo ‘<p>Downloaded: ‘ . print_r( $body->downloaded, true ) . ‘</p>’;


Now to avoid requesting information from on every page load, the required information can be saved in a transient and refreshed once a day.  This is in no way a final code. I have not placed any additional logic to display arrays, etc. So just use this as a starting point.

I will write a plugin to do this but until then if you know a better way, please share your ideas in comments.


Well it seems there is plugin_api using which most of the things I did above was unnecessary. If we use plugins_api we can get the total download count using few lines of code below:

[cc lang=”php”]

/** If plugins_api isn’t available, load the file that holds the function */
if ( ! function_exists( ‘plugins_api’ ) )
require_once( ABSPATH . ‘wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php’ );

/** Prepare our query */
$call_api = plugins_api( ‘plugin_information’,
‘slug’ => ‘i-recommend-this’

/** Display the results */
if ( is_wp_error( $call_api ) )
echo ‘<pre>’ . print_r( $call_api->get_error_message(), true ) . ‘</pre>’;
//echo ‘<pre>’ . print_r( $call_api, true ) . ‘</pre>’;
echo ‘<p>’ . print_r( $call_api->downloaded, true ) . ‘</p>’;


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