What is the WordPress.com Desktop app?

The WordPress.com desktop app puts WordPress.com in your dock or taskbar. Use it to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you, or to keep your sites readily accessible. The app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com.

Can I use it to edit my self-hosted WordPress website, or is it only for WordPress.com?

To edit your self-hosted WordPress (.org) website, you need to install the Jetpack plugin, which you can do by following the instructions here.

Once Jetpack is installed and connected to a WordPress.com account, make sure the Jetpack Manage module is enabled.

Now you can sign in to the app using the WordPress.com account Jetpack is connected to, and you can find your self-hosted site under the “My Sites” section.

How do I install this app?

On a Mac:

  • Download the app from the homepage.
  • Open the downloaded DMG file, you should see a WordPress.com icon, and an Applications folder shortcut on the right.
  • Drag the WordPress.com icon into the Applications folder.
  • Open the Applications folder, and open the WordPress app.
  • If you’d like to keep the app in your dock, right-click the app icon in the dock as the app is running, and select Options > Keep in Dock.

On Windows:

  • Download the app installer from the homepage.
  • Open the installer, and follow the instructions.
  • Once the app is installed, you can double-click the app icon on your desktop.
  • If you’d like your app to be in your taskbar, you can drag the icon from the desktop to your taskbar.

On Linux:

  • Download the app for your flavor of Linux on the homepage.
  • Open the downloaded file, and follow the instructions.


Mac OS X: Can I turn off the dock notification badge?

Yes. Open the app, and then open the WordPress.com menu > Preferences.

Now you can uncheck “Show notification badge.”


I would like to report a bug. Where can I do that?

The best place to report a bug is the Github issues tracker for the WordPress Desktop project, but before you report a bug there, we kindly ask that you make sure the bug is specific to the app, and not the WordPress.com website itself. If it’s a bug on the WordPress.com website, please report it in the Github issues tracker for that.


Is the WordPress.com app open source?

Yes. The WordPress desktop app is licensed under GNU General Public License v2 (or later).