Support » Plugin: IMDb Connector » IMDb Connector stopped working

  • Resolved Thodoris Konsoulas



    Thanks for this amazing plugin, but today I noticed that it stopped working for some reason I don’t know, only for new posters, not the old one.

    As I was trying to fix it, I accidentally deleted poster cache and database (imdb_connector). I succeeded to restore cache, but now old and new posters seem to not working.

    This is one of the pages that contain posters:

    Update: The html tab of the previous page contains code, but the live page shows empty tags.

    Example of code that page contains:

    [imdb_movie_detail title="tt0043274" alt="Alice in Wonderland" detail="poster_image" width="182" height="268" href="" target="_blank"]

    Any help? 🙂

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  • Plugin Author thaikolja


    Hi @tkonsoulas, thanks for taking the time to submit this issue.

    Unfortunately, I can’t give you any solution right away. You’d have to explain “stopped working” in a more detailed version. Where did it stop? How did it stop? Have you updated or installed any new plugins or themes recently?

    That will narrow down where the bug comes from.


    We have encountered the same problem in our website. None of the php functions to search for a movie work, unless the movie is already stored in the cache. Specifically, imdb_connector_has_movie() and imdb_connector_get_movie() both return false whatever the title o imdb_id passed as parameter (unless the movie is already in cache). We haven’t updated the plugin, or the wordpress version or any other thing.

    We’ve tried a direct query to the omdbapi (as suggested in other threads here), such as, but they always fail with the same result: Response “False”, Error: “No API key provided”.

    After googling for a bit, we’ve found that apparently omdbapi is going private, or something like that. There’s an alert on their homepage. This change seems very recent, as of the last week or so, which is when we started getting errors.

    Is our reasoning correct? We assume that if we want to continue using the plugin we should get an api key from OMDb, and append it to the $api_url in the plugin’s php code, following their new format ( Does this make sense?

    Thanks in advance!

    Plugin Author thaikolja


    Hi @albarc,

    You’ve probably figured out the reason by yourself. I haven’t yet checked on’s updates but it makes sense.

    Right now, I’m working on a private plugin that uses IMDb Connector, so I’ll have to face this issue within the next few days myself. Once I’ve found a convenient solution for that, I’ll implement it in the plugin and release an update. Please be patient and thanks again for your accurate description, that helps me a lot.

    Ok, thanks, we’ll wait then!

    I’m probably having the same issue. Non cached movie posters are rendering with an empty src.

    Interestingly another plugin I use that utilizes is also showing up as broken, in that case it is showing up with: Error: No API key provided. Perhaps something is going on the IMDB side?

    OMDb API is private now and no more free data request.

    If you want to get the movie details via OMDB, you need a valid API key which can get after making a donation or become a patron.

    Please visit their site for more detailed info 🙂

    Does imdb-connector use OMDb?

    Plugin Author thaikolja


    @egf: Yes.

    Ahh that explains the issues then.

    Plugin Author thaikolja


    I’m going to update the plugin to let everyone who uses it know the reason why IMDb Connector doesn’t work anymore and how they can fix it (which costs money). In the meanwhile, I’ll try to find an alternative solution so that IMDb Connector remains free. Do you have any ideas on how to achieve that?

    Maybe myapifilms will do the job still free.

    Also the TMDb API is free as far as I know (here). You should consider changing the plugin name in that case, tho, haha. Thanks in advance!

    Plugin Author thaikolja


    Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately, is by far the best API with the most movies. I’ve tried some others in the past but always found them to be insufficient. But I’ll have a look and see if they’ve improved over the years, thanks!

    Plugin Author thaikolja


    Hi everybody,

    I’ve just released version 1.5.1 which is basically a hotfix. The API should work again. Some minor fixes were also done.

    Please report any bugs or errors with the new version as quickly as you can.

    Many thanks!


    We’ve tried the new version and it works perfectly as far as we’ve seen. Thank you so much for your help!

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