Python: Grab Latest Plugin Version Number from WordPress API

This should be a useful snippet for anyone that needs to do a lookup for a WordPress plugin’s latest available version number. I will be using this snippet to create a function in a larger WordPress environment operations script I have been developing for work.

# Alex Rydzak - <>
# import necessary libraries
import requests
# set plugin name (usually something-something- no extension on the end)
plugin = "akismet"
# hit the WordPress plugin information API for our plugin
wpquery = "" % (plugin)
result = requests.get(wpquery)

# if the query was sucessful...
if str("200") in str(result):
	print "[*] Request to WordPress API worked..."
	# grab the first line of the result from the query
	grabfirst = result.content.splitlines()[0]
	# split the returned string on the " character
	grabcell = grabfirst.split('"')
	# print the plugin version
	print "[*] Latest plugin version for %s: %s" % (plugin,grabcell[13])
	print "[*] Something bad happened. Maybe you didn't spell the plugin name right?"