It can be really frustrating to see the Bitnami Banner on your WordPress website and no matter how hard you look you cannot find a disable switch on you dashboard. In this tutorial I will show you 3 ways to remove bitnami banner on WordPress. This will also work if your WordPress website is running on an AWS EC2 instance, or if you are using a Mac or PC.

Method #1

Using Mac or Linux operating system (WordPress on AWS)

  • Login to your AWS management console
  • Go to services
  • EC2
  • Above the Instance ID click on “Connect”
  • Copy the example code you are going to need it in a minute to ssh into the EC2 Instance.

If you are a Mac or Linux user SSH should be enable by default.
Change directory (cd) to the folder where you have the “private key file” for your instance.
To fully follow along with this tutorial copy the private key file to your desktop. The file should end with “.pem”.

Go to your terminal and type the following
chmod 400 ec2-yourinstance-v.pem

  • cd /Desktop
  • chmod 400 ec2-yourinstance-v.pem
    • Note my .pem ssh key name is just an example. Use the name of your private key.
  • Now copy and paste the example code that we saved earlier. Press enter to login to the server console.

You should be seeing the Bitnami banner text in your terminal.
Type the following command and press enter:
sudo /opt/bitnami/apps/wordpress/bnconfig –disable_banner 1

Restart the web server
Type the following commend and press enter:
sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache


Method #2


Using PuTTY to connect to your AWS EC2 instance to remove bitnami banner.

We are going to connect to the EC2 instance using PuTTY on a computer running Windows operating system.
Go to your browser and download PuTTY at https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html
Once downloaded and installed we are going to convert the .pem file to .ppk.

How to convert .pem file to ppk?

  • Open the PuTTy key generator application.
  • Then click on load
  • Then navigate to the SSH key file that you downloaded when you first create your EC2 instance.
  • The file should end with the extension “.pem”.

When the dialog box appare click ok. So now your .pem file has been converted into a .ppk format. The reason why we converted the file from .pem is because PuTTY uses .ppk.

After that is done let save the private key.
Then click yes, give the private key an appropriate name and click save.

When that’s done head over to your AWS management console.

  • Go to service
  • EC2
  • Instances
  • Then copy the information for the Public DNS (IPv4)

Open the PuTTY configuration application

  • Where it says host name enter your SSH username.
  • Then paste the Public DNS information.
  • Now go to “SSH”
  • Then “Auth”
  • Click on browse to find the private key file (.ppk) that we had saved earlier.
  • Click on the file and then click open.

In the same navigation bar of PuTTY to the left scroll to the top.

  • Click on Session.
  • Then click open and click on Yes.
  • Now the we have successfully connected to our EC2 instance via SSH we can disable the Bitnami Banner.

Disable the Bitnami Banner by typing the following command and press enter:
sudo /opt/bitnami/apps/wordpress/bnconfig –disable_banner 1

Restart the web server
Type the following commend and press enter:
sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache


Method 3

We are going using WordPress to remove the Bitnami banner.

The easiest way to do this without getting into the server is to edit the custom CSS.
I must say that I think the other methods would be a lot more reliable. If your CSS code is deleted accidentally then the banner will reappear.

With that being said, login to your WordPress Dashboard

  • In the admin panel, go to Appearance
  • Customize
  • Additional CSS

In the custom CSS section paste the code below.

bitnami-banner {display:none;}

Now click publish.

That’s it you are all done. Hoped this helped.


Check out my post on how to install WordPress on AWS here. It has a lot more information that you might find really useful.