WP Remote Thumbnail – Set external images as featured image

February 28, 2014     Nirmal    

Few days back i was searching for some plugin which can be used to fetch remote images from the image url , save on my server and set it as a featured image for any post/page. But i didn’t find any helpful plugin on codex. What i found was a paid plugin from some other site. So i decided to create a plugin of my own and share with people.

WP Remote Thumbnail is very light weight WordPress plugin which comes with zero configuration one click setup. Using this plugin you can easily set any external image as featured image of any post/page or even custom post types.

This plugin automatically adds a custom metabox to each post type which supports post thumbnail. You just need to copy and paste the url of any image and then paste it into the box and click publish/update.

Add remote url to any post or page.

Add remote url to any post or page.

After saving the post/page.

After saving the post/page.

After publish/updating the post/page you can see that the desired image is successfully set as the featured image.

Submit a review/comment on the plugin so that it will help me keep up the good work and come up with nice WordPress goodies.

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One thought on “WP Remote Thumbnail – Set external images as featured image”

  1. win

    nice plugin thank you,
    can this plugin generate thumbnail for the first Image automatically?
    I have 600 posts on my WordPress, and all image are in blogger, I can’t do it manually .

  2. Askani

    Hey there! Im a bit confused. Does the website check the servers url and the on server version or is it just a download from website plugin? Im looking for something like this to embed a every few hours changing picture so it would be kinda nonsense to use that plugin instead of uploading the image. Thats why im asking :p

  3. Francisco

    Yeah it would be awesome f featured image does not upload the image to our servers just link it

      1. Nirmal Ram Post author

        Hi Nicki,

        Can you please let me know what is the error message you are getting.

        – Nirmal

  4. Alex

    Hy, and thank you for your great plugin. I have a question, im trying to add a link with a picture but in the picture name there is a “space” and the import just crashes. It does not display the picture. If i try to upload a picture with no space in it’s name/link the picture is ok.
    How can i resolve this problem.
    I.E : /uploads/2014/06/my picture.jpg – FAIL
    /uploads/2014/06/mypicture.jpg – OK

    Again thank you for this awsome plugin !

  5. Jimmy

    hi Nirmal, just like cidou said, it will be extremely helpful if the plugin doesn’t have to fetch the images to our webserver, but use the remote images as the featured image (like imgur / dropbox etc), then we can save space and bandwidth on our webserver. Thanks

  6. yaya

    i have a custom field in my theme which contain the img url, it genarets it based on an id that i give. is it possible to use the info from my custom field instead of copy paste to your plugin field?

    1. Nirmal Ram Post author

      Hi Yaya,

      Can you share some more details on what exactly you are looking for? Currently this plugin add its own metabox on the admin screen where you can actually provide the url.

  7. cidou

    thanks for your extension
    do you think it is possible to do the same thing without downloading the picture, just using the distant URL ?

    1. Nirmal Ram Post author


      Yes it’s possible to do the same without downloading the file to your server. But the problem is that if the remote server will delete that image then you are also going to loose that image on your site.

      – Nirmal

      1. cidou

        yeah but if its a dropbox or another online backup service, the problem is solved.
        could you tell us how to do if we don’t want to download the file please ?

        1. Nirmal Ram Post author

          yes, i guess that could work. Sorry, the plugin doesn’t have that feature now. But its possible.

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