Include Mastodon Feed


Plugin that provides an [include-mastodon-feed] shortcode to easily integrate mastodon feeds into wordpress pages.

The plugin is written in PHP and generates native JavaScript to fetch and render the mastodon feed. No special libraries needed.


  1. Upload the “include-mastodon-feed” directory to the “/wp-content/plugins/” directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.
  3. Insert shortcode into any page.

Shortcode example

[include-mastodon-feed instance="YOUR-INSTANCE" account="YOUR-ACCOUNT-ID"]

Shortcode attributes

  • account (required)
    The account ID (a long number – see FAQ on how to get it)

  • instance (required)
    Domain name of the instance without https:// (e.g.

  • limit
    Maximum number of statuses (Default: 20)

  • excludeReplies
    Exclude replies to other accounts (Default: false)

  • excludeConversationStarters
    Exclude statuses that start with a user mention (Default: false)

  • excludeBoosts
    Exclude boosted statuses (Default: false)

  • onlyPinned
    Show only pinned statuses (Default: false)

  • onlyMedia
    Show only statuses containing media (Default: false)

  • tagged
    Show only statuses that are tagged with given tag name (Default: false)
    No leading #, case insensitive, e.g.: tagged=”tagname”

  • linkTarget
    Target for all links e.g. new tab would be “_blank” (Default: _self)

  • showPreviewCards
    Show preview cards (Default: true)

  • darkmode
    Enable dark mode (Default: false)

  • text-loading
    Loading text (Default: Loading Mastodon feed…)

  • text-noStatuses
    Text if no statuses are available (Default: No statuses available)

  • text-boosted
    Text indicating boosted statuses (Default: boosted 🚀)

  • text-viewOnInstance
    View status on instance link text (Default: view on instance)

  • text-showContent
    Text for content warning buttons (Default: Show content)

  • text-permalinkPre
    Text before post permalink (date & time) (Default: on)

  • text-permalinkPost
    Text after post permalink (date & time) (Default: )

  • text-edited
    Text indicating edited posts (Default: (edited))

  • date-locale
    Locale for date string, used in toLocaleString() (Default: en-US)

  • date-options
    Format options directly fed into toLocaleString() (Default: {})

Additional customizations

You can define several plugin constants to set custom default options that will be applied site-wide.

  1. Open your wp-config.php file
  2. Search for the line /* Add any custom values between this line and the "stop editing" line. */
  3. Define the options you want to override between the line from step #2 and /* That's all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */

See the included config-example.php file for a full list of supported settings.


How do I find my account ID?

As an instance admin you can easily read your user ID in the admin backend.

As regular user you can try an API v2 search to find your ID.

API v2 notes:
* You might have to be logged in to get any results
* Change to your instance
* Replace username with your handle.

Use the following URL to get your ID:

Known Issues / Todo

  • improve support for video and audio media attachment types
  • integrate i18n into instead of text constants
  • re-build plugin as custom gutenberg block


26 July 2023
Simple installation, perfect description, user ID in seconds, minimal customization. This plugin just does what it should do.
12 July 2023
The instructions look a bit intimidating to start with, but it's actually pretty simple to install and configure. The FAQ tells you how to find your account number, and there are plenty of shortcode options to customise the feed.
16 June 2023 8 replies
Overall this is fantastic and offers some easy to use customizations with shortcode. Well done, thank you!!The only thing I'd like to see in the future is the ability to exclude @'s to other users. You can already disable replies which is great, but I'd like to suppress conversations I start with other users.
20 March 2023
Simple plugin that works well - just make sure to leave the protocol off the start of the instance URL or it will fail with a Javascript error
6 January 2023 1 reply
Please resist the temptation to add stuff - except it would be nice to have both pinned and latest posts 😉 Thanks for freely contributing this plugin.
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Contributors and Developers

“Include Mastodon Feed” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Change Log


  • fix: style for embedded videos / GIFs
  • refactor: play gifv on mouseover
  • refactor: load markup related javascript in footer instead of embedding it directly with the html markup


  • refactor: show meaningful message if no statuses are available
  • fix: broken excludeConversationStarters logic


  • added option to exclude conversation starters (posts that start with a user mention)


  • fix: boolean param validation was wonky
  • fix: stop links from overflowing (thanks to for contributing)
  • refactoring: improved styling of embedded images


  • added option to show/hide preview cards
  • refactoring: introducing plugin namespace
  • refactoring: improved debug console output


  • bumped tested wordpress version to 6.2
  • added option to customize permalink text (before and after date/time)
  • added option to customize text indicating edited posts


  • image attachments are now clickable (link to original status)


  • added option to show only statuses with specific tag
  • added option to set link target to make links open in new tab
  • added option to set maximum number of statuses


  • fixed styling issue with emojis in account display name


  • fixed styling issue with boosted account links


  • removed “view on instance” link and made date info clickable instead
  • added custom date locale and format option
  • fixed emoji and inline link styling issues in content blocks
  • fixed an issue with gifv media attachments
  • refactored option sanitizing and filtering


  • updated documentation that plugin constants for setting custom default options have to be defined in wp-config.php, as the previous config.php file gets removed with every automatic plugin update
  • removed config.php support


  • added new feed options: excludeReplies, onlyPinned, onlyMedia


  • fixed broken JavaScript if post included media attachments other than images
  • fixed custom “view on instance” option
  • added option for custom content warning button text
  • added option to exclude boosted statuses
  • added support for gifv media attachments


  • added support for more custom text overrides (loading, boosted, view on instnace)
  • switched to showing static avatars, animated avatars only on hover


  • escaped options when echoing them
  • secured local file inclusion
  • changed versioning to semantic versioning – now including patch number


  • Initial release