BP Profile Search


BP Profile Search is a member search and member directories plugin for BuddyPress. It provides:

  • A form builder to build the member search forms
  • The [bps_directory] shortcode to customize the BuddyPress Members directory, or to build additional member directories

Each search form has a target directory. When you run a search, the form’s target directory is filtered according to your search.

Build a search form

With the form builder you can:

  • Add, edit, rearrange, and remove the search fields
  • Use as search fields the BuddyPress profile fields, the users and usermeta data (including roles), the BuddyPress user groups, and the user taxonomies (including BuddyPress member types)
  • Use search by distance fields when you install the free companion plugin BP Distance Search
  • Select, for each search field, one of the available search modes
  • Select the BuddyPress Members directory, or one of the member directories built with this plugin, as the target directory
  • Select the form template to display your form
  • If in doubt, use the Help tab above the screen title

The form template works just like any other BuddyPress template. To override a form template, copy it to the buddypress/members directory in your theme’s root, then edit the new copy according to your needs.

Display a search form

After you build your search form, you can display it:

  • In its target directory, using the option Add Form to Directory in the form settings
  • In a sidebar or widget area, using the widget Profile Search
  • In a post or page, using the shortcode [bps_form]

Run a search

On the front-end, when you hit the Search button in a form, BP Profile Search shows the form’s target directory filtered according to your search. Both the All Members tab and the My Friends tab are filtered.

Additionally, the plugin:

  • Displays an active filters section containing the active search filters and a Clear button to clear them
  • Displays for each member a member details section containing the values of the searched fields
  • Adds to the Order By drop-down the options to sort the directory by the searched fields

The active filters section and the member details section are displayed by two dedicated templates, that can be overridden just like any other BuddyPress template.

Build a member directory

With the [bps_directory] shortcode you can:

  • Customize the BuddyPress Members directory, or build additional member directories
  • Add hidden filters to a directory
  • Add more sort options to a directory
  • Show additional member information in each member details section, e.g. the value of profile fields
  • Use a different Members directory template for each directory

You can enter the shortcode in an empty page to build a new member directory, or you can enter it in the BuddyPress Members page to customize the BuddyPress Members directory.

Additional documentation

In the screenshots below, the City field is provided by the free companion plugin BP Distance Search.

Capturi ecran

  • The Profile Search Forms admin page
  • The Edit Form admin page
  • Configuration of a Profile Search widget
  • The Members directory page with a Profile Search widget
  • The Members directory page with search results


Standard installation, see Installing Plugins.


12 mai 2024
This plugin does exactly what I want, which is to allow users to search for members using attribute/profiel field filters, using whatever filter you’ve set (eg age, gender). Puzzling why Buddypress didn’t build this feature into their plugin already but fear no more, this plugin can do it for you. Thank you Andrea!
10 aprilie 2024
Thanks Andrea for all your help! I wish more developers would be so nice and helpful. I really appreciate your continous support, love the BP Profile Search plugin 🙂
30 octombrie 2022
I was really impressed with this kindly support. I even gut a code to solve a problem with other plugin 🙂 I recommend using this very good plugin!
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