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Widget Importer & Exporter

Import and export your widgets.

Widget Importer & Exporter is useful for moving widgets from one WordPress site to another, backing up widgets and for theme developers to provide users with sample widgets. See the Plugin Details on for a tour of features.


Importing is a matter of uploading an export file created by the plugin. The results of an import are shown in a nicely formatted table with an explanation of what happened with each widget area (sidebar) and widget.

Importation takes into consideration widget areas not existing in the current theme (widgets imported as Inactive), widgets that already exist in the same widget area (widgets not duplicated) and widgets that are not supported by the site (widgets not imported).


Widget Importer & Exporter can create an export file (in JSON format with .wie extension) out of currently active widgets. This file can be imported into other sites using this plugin or used to restore widgets to the same site later.


The following translations are available.


The wie_before_import action fires after a file is uploaded but before the data is imported. wie_after_import fires after the data is imported. The wie_import_data filter can be used to filter data before it is imported. Other filters are used throughout. Submit an issue on GitHub if you need more hooks (pull requests encouraged).

Please jump on GitHub to report issues and follow development.

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Contributors churchthemes, stevengliebe, mauryaratan, wido
Tags backup, export, exporter, import, importer, migration, widget, widget export, widget exporter, widget import, widget importer, widgets
  1. widget-importer-exporter screenshot 1

    Main import/export screen

  2. widget-importer-exporter screenshot 2

    Results from an import

Please see Installing Plugins in the WordPress Codex.

After activation, go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter

See releases on GitHub.

Why does the JSON export file use a .wie extension?

The export file contains JSON data that is not compatible with any other plugin. Therefore it has a proprietary file extension. This keeps people from confusing export files from other widget import/export plugins.

Version 1.4.4

Requires WordPress version: 3.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 27 Jan 2017

Date Added: 15 Jul 2013

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