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bbPress Topic Thumbnails


This plugin adds support for Topic Thumbnails with bbPress. It works by retrieving the first image from each topic and displaying it alongside the topic title on the index page. Thumbnails are sized according to the default ‘thumbnail’ size in your WordPress media settings. The images will also resize appropriately if you’re using a responsive WordPress theme.

This plugin works with GD bbPress Attachments and most other bbPress image management plugins.

If you enable this plugin while bbPress is disabled (or not installed) it will display a warning message.


  • Forum topic view with thumbnails.


  1. Upload bbpress-post-thumbnails to the /wp-content/plugins/ or /wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Does this support Multisite?

Yes. You can activate it on a sitewide or network-wide basis.

Does this work with bbPress 1.x?

No. Only bbPress 2.0 and newer are supported.

Can I specify the image to be used as a thumbnail?

No. It automatically grabs the first image associated with the topic. You just need to ensure the image you want appears first in the topic.

Can I change the appearance of the thumbnails?

Yes. You can modify the appearance of the thumbnails using CSS. The ‘bbp-topic-thumbnail’ selector is added to each thumbnail to enable you to add your own CSS styling.


Great work

it still work, but I found the size of Thumbnail is not same, please check the screenshot:

TWO Feature suggestion for great looking:

1# is it possible define image size same with center viewpoint?

2# BTW, it would be great if the topic title is over the Thumbnail, so that more than one Thumbnails will be shown up if there are more that one images in one topic, possible?

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Contributors & Developers

“bbPress Topic Thumbnails” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • The image thumbnail now links to the topic permalink.


  • Now honours ‘thumbnail’ size option from the WordPress Media Settings.
  • Thumbnails now resize appropriately in responsive layouts.


  • Initial release.