What is wlwmanifest.xml In Your WodPress Site? And How To Remove it?

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What is wlwmanifest.xml In Your WodPress Site? And How To Remove it?

Are you seeing this “wlwmanifest.xml” under the Wp-Include of your WordPress site? If yes and it’s confusing you then in this post we are going to tell you what it is and how to remove it.


What is wlwmanifest.xml In Your WordPress Site?


If you look under the Wp-Include of your WordPress site, you will find “wlwmanifest.xml”.

When you install WordPress on your site, WordPress automatically adds the wlwmanifest link under the Wp-Include directory for the Windows Live Writer support.

If you don’t know, Windows Live Writer is a discontinued desktop blog-publishing application that was developed by Microsoft and distributed as part of the Windows Live suite of apps. The last major release of Windows Live Writer came out in 2012 (end-of-life), and the software was completely discontinued in January 2017. Source

So if you were previously considering this file any virus then it isn’t any virus or threat.


How To Remove wlwmanifest.xml From Your WordPress Site?


If you don’t use Windows Live Writer then you can easily remove this from your site header.

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To remove the wlwmanifest.xml from your site header you have to add a simple line of code under your site Function.php file.

Here is the code,

remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wlwmanifest_link’);


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Rahul Choudhary

A Digital Marketer by profession and a passionate traveller. Technology has been always my first interest, so I consistently look for new updates in tech to explore, and also has expertise in WordPress.