Where is my WordPress/Akismet API key?

The API key is needed when activating Akismet in WordPress.org. So basically, anyone with a WordPress.org site will still need to sign up to WordPress.com to get an API key.

(Akismet is a must-have, automatically installed plugin that stops spam comments before they reach you.)

Anyway, I just spent 10 minutes searching for mine. Every search I did, in Google or in the WordPress forums, brought me to the same useless article (useless considering what I was trying to do). So let me quickly tell you how to find your API key. This assumes you already have a WordPress.com account – if you don’t, go to the “useless” article which won’t feel so useless anymore).

Note: Your API key is nowhere to be found in your WordPress.com dashboard (even if someone tries to tell you otherwise). So you can stop looking now.

Way #1

Probably the easiest way to find your API key is to do a search in your email. You were emailed the key when you first signed up to WordPress.com.

The other way

  1. Click on this link.
  2. Enter the email address connected with your WordPress.com account.
  3. Click “Continue.”
  4. Check your email.

That is the easiest way to retrieve it.

And where does it go?

In the sidebar of your WordPress.org dashboard, under Plugins, click on Akismet Configeration.

There you’ll see a field where you copy in your API key.

And that’s it!


14 thoughts on “Where is my WordPress/Akismet API key?

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  1. Thank you so much for this! I was going around in circles reading what was probably the same article you referred to, desperate for a way to shut down the spam machines. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the help!

  2. Deena, Does this apply if you have a self-hosted WP blog? Do I need to create a WP.com account to get the API key?

    Thanks for your help.


    1. Yes, Marsha. Currently, in order to activate your Akismet plugin, you must sign up to wp.com (choose for yourself a username and password) and then get your API key from there. It’s silly but true!

  3. Great piece thanks for the help, got my Akismet key in seconds after wasting ten minutes before reading this nice job.

  4. Bless you for this. I just could not get my head around having to sign up with wordpress.com before using this “sophisticated” tool. (And I’m not even a religious guy, but I decided this warranted a “bless you!”)

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