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Replacement for the default captcha plugin using reCAPTCHA

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Tested on 1.7.1

A simple replacement for the default captcha plugin for Elgg. This uses the reCAPTCHA system ( instead, but otherwise it works exactly the same as the default captcha system with regard to Elgg. You will have to disable any current captcha plugin you already may have installed.

You will need to register for a reCAPTCHA private and public key which are required for this plugin to work properly. It's free. The plugin requires the reCAPTCHA library file, but that is already included.

Once you have installed and enabled the plugin on your system you will need to go to the Admin setting for this plugin, enter your public and private keys and hit save.

It should now replace the captcha on your registration form and your reset password form.

If you get an error message where the reCAPTCHA should appear, you likely have a problem with your public or private key entry.

Hope you find it useful!

NOTE: A more advanced version (2.0) is available with extended form support for other mods, but I do not recommend v2.0 to anyone not familiar with dealing in Elgg code. If you are interested in 2.0 see the "Releases" to your left, otherwise stick with the recommended v1.2


2.0 - A more advanced version for extended form support.

1.2 - Added admin settings support for the public and private key. (RECOMMENDED)

1.1 - Added full language support

1.0 - First release


  • Category: Spam
  • License: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2
  • Updated: 1970-1-1
  • Downloads: 3894
  • Recommendations: 3