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The RocketBar


The RocketBar is a new, faster (FREE) way to get around in WordPress. Instead of clicking from page to page, just hit a keyboard shortcut and immediately
go where you’re headed!

The plugin is designed after the OSX Spotlight Search feature, and uses a keybind of SHIFT + SPACE to open.

Why should you LOVE RocketBar?

RocketBar enables you (the site owner) access to a faster WordPress. With RocketBar, you can spend more time checking analytics and stats, moderating
comments, and adding content, and less time finding where you need to go.

With a robust code base, leveraging WordPress’s hosted CSS and jQuery, you won’t be slowed down by our bite-sized client-side code base.

Using RocketBar is simple. No setup necessary. Just install and go!

What’s Next?

To track the development of RocketBar, find us on GitHub!

The following items are being looked at for additions to a future version of RocketBar:

  • Command API for personal modifications (This is complete, but yet to be documented.)
  • Quick selects (SHIFT + NUM to select an option from the list)
  • Even better fuzzy matching
  • Plugin-specific integrations (such as BuddyPress, bbPress, and various caching plugins)
  • Bar Themes

If you would like to suggest an addition or change, tell us in the Support forums!


  • The RocketBar administration panel
  • The RocketBar's default links
  • Example use of The RocketBar


  1. Search for RocketBar in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Install and Activate


  1. Upload plugin to your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate via the WordPress Dashboard


Installation Instructions
  1. Search for RocketBar in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Install and Activate


  1. Upload plugin to your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate via the WordPress Dashboard
What’s the keybinding for RocketBar?

That’s SHIFT + SPACE. 🙂

Can I use the RocketBar on the front side of my site?

Yep! You can use it anywhere within your WordPress installation!

Can my Users / Visitors see the bar?

No, only Administrators (or, more precisely, Users with the manage_options Capability) can see the RocketBar unless constant ROCKETBAR_ALLOW_ALL is set to TRUE.

This plugin made my ability to move around in WordPress too fast. How can I slow down?

There’s no turning back now. You’re one of us.


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Contributors & Developers

“The RocketBar” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.



  • First release of RocketBar. Much more to come.


  • Fixed an issue with loading the client-side resources for the plugin, as pointed out by the team


  • Login/Logout commands, and a powerful API function for your use!


  • Command upgrade


  • Fixed bug where opening RocketBar put a space into the search field
  • Fixed bug where you could go too far down with the arrow down key
  • NEW: RocketBar now has documentation on the current commands available under Tools -> RocketBar.
  • NEW: Search Google Feature — As a default feature, RocketBar will now give you the option to search for anything you put into the bar
  • NEW: Navigate to — Type in /, and URI afterwards and hit ENTER. Now you’ll go to that area of your site. 🙂
  • NEW: Default links when opening the RocketBar.


  • Some subtle changes to command descriptions
  • Updating the way we search via Google


  • Updating fuzzy matching for better search results
  • Adding home command for easy access to site home url
  • Adding g command for direct access to Google Search


  • Various changes to global objects to help prevent issues with plugin compatibility
  • Changed to CSS/ISO identifier for newline character within bar for better cross-browser compatibility
  • RocketBar now uses only one global object. document.rocketBar