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I currently have a free WP plugin published on the official WP repo. I'm planning to release it on other platforms, but I want downloads from there (where you install the plugin by uploading a zip from your WP dashboard) to count towards the active installs in the official WP repo.

I'm not sure how to tell the repo that those plugins are the same. I assume having the same name won't count?

Thanks

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Downloads and active installs are not the same thing:

  • downloading from .org does not increase the active download stats, those are separate
  • it's the update check that's used to calculate this

So no steps are necessary on your part other than keeping the plugin name/slug the same. Otherwise there are no options available to you for influencing the statistics outside of this. If you ask them to incorporate stats from additional sources that you are providing they will say no.

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