Simple Google reCAPTCHA


Simple Google reCAPTCHA will protect your WordPress! No more spam comments and brute-force attacks against user accounts. Lightweight plugin – just few KBs to download and no ads! BuddyPress and WooCommerce support.

What is protected with reCAPTCHA?

  • Comment form
  • New password form
  • Registration form
  • Login form
  • Reset password form

reCAPTCHA verification will be required just for not registered users!

Thank you!

Thanks all of you, who are using this plugin. I really appreciate it! WordPress is amazing open-source software which I’m using for free (for business too) so this plugin is my way how to say thank you!
If you write to me (on support center etc.) and expect an answer, be patient, please. I’m working on this plugin in my free time, it’s my hobby.


  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA - Add new comment form
  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA - New password form
  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA - Registration form
  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA - Login form
  • Simple Google reCAPTCHA - Settings


  1. Upload Simple Google reCAPTCHA files to the “/wp-content/plugins/simple-google-recaptcha” directory, or install Simple Google reCAPTCHA through the WordPress Plugins page directly.
  2. Activate Simple Google reCAPTCHA through the WordPress Plugins page.
  3. Use the menu Settings => reCAPTCHA to configure Simple Google reCAPTCHA.


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload Simple Google reCAPTCHA files to the “/wp-content/plugins/simple-google-recaptcha” directory, or install Simple Google reCAPTCHA through the WordPress Plugins page directly.
  2. Activate Simple Google reCAPTCHA through the WordPress Plugins page.
  3. Use the menu Settings => reCAPTCHA to configure Simple Google reCAPTCHA.
Why to install this plugin?

Just pure protection – no ads and any other unnecessary changes.

How to disable this plugin?

Just use standard Plugin overview page in WordPress admin section and deactivate it or rename plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/simple-google-recaptcha over FTP access.


Nice Work!

The easiest plugin to install, for me, it was between this one or websoft. For me this was clearly the better option. Easy to install, configure and the rest took it’s course, just a couple of minutes. This is a very nicely built plugin and better than the other options I had. Especially for new business owners that don’t know anything about coding, if that is you, I recommend giving this one a shot.

Works as expected

This plugin is easy to configure and it does the job perfectly.

Thanks to a smart CSS coding, this is one of the very few reCaptcha plugins which does not change the width of the WordPress login forms, which is a great detail when you are using a child theme to style your login pages!

issue not working

I get no captcha showing up.. then if i log in i get: “ERROR: Google reCAPTCHA verification failed. Do you have JavaScript enabled?”

had to go in cpanel file manager to rename the plugin folder to regain access to the website

Doesn’t work properly

Doesn’t work properly.
When I try to enter first time – the plugin works fine.
But when I tried to re-enter incorrect password or username (intentionally) or after logout – the captcha disapears and when I try to enter correct login and pass, I see an error: “ERROR: Google reCAPTCHA verification failed. Do you have JavaScript enabled?” I have to close current browser window and open another one to see the captcha again.

Hope you will fix it and I change my rating.

P.S. I have installed: AAM, Login attempts reloaded.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Google reCAPTCHA” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Simple Google reCAPTCHA” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Simple Google reCAPTCHA” into your language.

Interested in development?

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  • Bugfix: Loading of Google reCAPTCHA form failed in some rare cases


  • Bugfix: Fatal error on websites running on PHP 5


  • Warning: Removed javascript function which disabling/enabling submit button If reCAPTCHA was passed, because of incompatibility with some websites in specific cases
  • Bugfix: WooCommerce – If you have activated login and register form on one page, reCAPTCHA verification is require too for register
  • New: Added uninstall script which clean settings from DB while uninstall process
  • New: If you activate plugin and site or secret key is empty, you will be redirect to settings page


  • New: reCAPTCHA verification added on every page that allows comments (not bothering registered users)


  • New: Added donate link, you can buy me a coffee now 🙂
  • Bugfix: Plugin warnings on php7 – not quoted functions name


  • Warning: Possibility to decide when reCAPTCHA will be shown was removed (not bothering registered users)
  • New: Including BuddyPress and WooCommerce support
  • Bugfix: Incompatibility with translations


  • Bugfix: No more unnecessary loading reCAPTCHA on the other pages
  • Bugfix: No more reCAPTCHA window over Clef waves (if you are using Clef plugin) on the login page


  • Warning: reCAPTCHA verification on the BuddyPress registration page has been removed
  • Warning: reCAPTCHA verification on the Add new comment form for logged in users has been removed
  • Warning: Due to keep Simple Google reCAPTCHA as simple as possible some configuration options were removed
  • New: Language settings of reCAPTCHA is based on WordPress locale now
  • New: Default WordPress submit buttons are disabled until reCAPTCHA isn’t solved
  • New: Added reCAPTCHA for Resset password form
  • Update: Text corrections
  • Bugfix: reCAPTCHA verification just on the standard WordPress pages (unmodified by plugins/templates)


  • Warning: Probably you will need to do a new translations
  • New: Possibility to set language of reCAPTCHA
  • Update: Minor updates for easier official translations


  • New: reCAPTCHA verification on the BuddyPress registration page
  • Bugfix: Translatable back button “Zpět”


  • New: You can choose where reCAPTCHA will be required
  • Bugfix: reCAPTCHA will be required only If a form has been submitted


  • Bugfix: Name of settings has been changed – to avoid conflict with other plugins


  • New: Possibility to disable reCAPTCHA in comment form for logged in users


  • Update: Encoding has been converted from Windows to Unix
  • Update: Text corrections


  • New: Added “Settings” button to WordPress plugins page
  • New: reCAPTCHA is required only after filled in settings
  • Update: Text domain has been changed from simple-google-recaptcha to sgr – need to set up keys again


  • Update: Simple Google reCAPTCHA folder – unnecessary files were deleted


  • Update: Screenshots
  • Update: Text corrections
  • Bugfix: Logged in users are able to post comments


  • New: Simple Google reCAPTCHA has been released!