Exclude Image Thumbnails From UpdraftPlus Backups


A small plugin to exclude WordPress generated image thumbnails from Updraft backups, saving space. The original, full-sized image is included in backups, so if a restoration from backup is needed, WP CLI or a plugin can be used to regenerate thumbnails using the original, full-size images.


  • Works for all image types and includes both native and custom image sizes added by themes and plugins.


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Ensure UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore is installed and activated
  2. Upload the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress


May 6, 2021
This is a great plugin. I always had Updraft complaining about resources, and lots of backups that failed partly or completely. Now it runs smoothly and without errors. The feaure this plugin adds to Updraft should be a standard feature of Updraft itself. It's a must have, simply as that. I was considering to stop using Updraft, although I use it on dozens of sites. But now I can continue using it. Thanks to this litle gem!
March 10, 2021
Literally a miracle. Was next to impossible to reliably create backups for one of my sites due to so many images. This plugin makes using Updraft possible. THANK YOU!
December 15, 2020
Didn't try to restore and recreate thumbnails but for now I'm happy with the space savings. Thanks!
June 30, 2020
Hello, Thanks to this plugin, I now have a backup lighter and thus quicker to do! I now use a version I modified on my own to exclude also cropped thumbnails and webp images BUT keep "thumbnails like named" files inside plugins and themes (just to be sure, as basically they can be original files and not a thumbnail version of on other file). Combined with Dynamic Image Resizer (but a "modified and extended" plugin version) I got my winning duet when restoring a site. Great work.
August 21, 2019
Thumbnails are hardlinked in worpress content (pages, posts and so on). If you make a restore on a blank wordpress from a backupset made with this plugin the thumbnails are not going to be requested and created by the code. You have to trigger the reconstruction with one of the free plugins that do that. Great plugin!
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Contributors & Developers

“Exclude Image Thumbnails From UpdraftPlus Backups” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • IMPROVED – Regex update to prevent files with dimensions at the end of the file name from being filtered.


  • IMPROVED – Regex filtering .
  • FIXED – README content.


  • Initial release.