Magento 2 reCAPTCHA

What is Magento 2 reCAPTCHA?

Magento 2 reCAPTCHA is a security feature that helps protect Magento 2 e-commerce sites from spam, abuse, and fraud. Google's reCAPTCHA is a free service that uses extensive risk analysis techniques to distinguish between actual users and bots.

It comes in two versions: reCAPTCHA v2 and reCAPTCHA v3. reCAPTCHA v2 requires users to solve a visual puzzle to prove they are human, while reCAPTCHA v3 works behind the scenes to calculate a score based on user behavior and interactions with your e-commerce store. Both versions of reCAPTCHA can be configured in Magento 2 to suit your site's needs.

Why use Magento 2 reCAPTCHA for your E-commerce Site?

Prevents spam and abuse

By adding reCAPTCHA to your site's forms, you can prevent automated bots from submitting spam comments, creating fake accounts, and placing fake orders. This helps ensure that your site's content is genuine and that your orders are placed by real customers.

Protects against fraud

Online fraud is a growing problem for e-commerce sites, and it can help protect your business. By ensuring that only human users can access your site's forms, prevent bots from attempting to submit fraudulent orders or steal sensitive user information.

Improves user experience

While it does add an extra step for users to complete, it can improve their overall experience by reducing the amount of spam and abuse. This can lead to a more positive user experience, which can help increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Easy to implement

Relatively easy to implement and configure and can be added to various forms on your site with just a few clicks. This means that you can quickly add an extra layer of security without requiring extensive technical knowledge.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Magento 2 reCAPTCHA

Obtaining reCAPTCHA API Keys

  1. Go to the reCAPTCHA website ( and click on the "Admin Console" button in the top right corner.
  2. Log in with your Google account or create a new one if you don't have one.
  3. On the reCAPTCHA Admin Console page, click on the "+ Add" button to register a new site.
  4. Fill out the required information, such as the website name, reCAPTCHA type (v2 or v3), and domains where reCAPTCHA will be used.
  5. Agree the service conditions and press the "Submit" button.
  6. On the next page, you will see your reCAPTCHA site key and secret key. Keep these keys handy as they will be needed in the next steps.

Enabling reCAPTCHA in Magento 2

  1. Log into the admin panel.
  2. Follow to Stores > Configuration > Security > Google reCAPTCHA.
  3. Change the option "Enable CAPTCHA on Frontend" to "Yes."
  4. In the "reCAPTCHA Type" field, select the type of reCAPTCHA you want to use (v2 or v3).
  5. Enter the site key and secret key obtained from the reCAPTCHA Admin Console in the previous step.
  6. Save the configuration.

Configuring reCAPTCHA for Magento 2 Forms

  1. Follow the steps below to get to Stores > Configuration > Customers > Customer Configuration > CAPTCHA.
  2. Change the option "Enable CAPTCHA on Frontend" to "Yes."
  3. In the "Forms" field, select the forms where you want to enable reCAPTCHA, such as customer login, customer registration, contact us, and newsletter subscription.
  4. In the "CAPTCHA Type" field, select "reCAPTCHA" as the type of CAPTCHA.
  5. Save the configuration.

Troubleshooting reCAPTCHA Issues

If you encounter any issues with reCAPTCHA, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure that the reCAPTCHA site key and secret key are entered correctly in the Magento 2 configuration.
  • Check that your website domains are listed correctly in the reCAPTCHA Admin Console.
  • Clean your browser's cache and cookies before testing again.
  • If you are using a custom theme or extension, make sure that it is compatible with reCAPTCHA and does not interfere with its functionality.
  • If you are still having issues, you can refer to the Magento 2 documentation or contact Google reCAPTCHA support for further assistance.

Final thoughts 

In conclusion, Magento 2 reCAPTCHA is an important security feature that can help protect your Magento e-commerce site from spam, abuse, and fraud. By implementing it on your site's forms, you can ensure that only human users can access, it while also improving the user experience for your customers by reducing the amount of spam and abuse they encounter.

Setting up and configuring it is relatively easy and can be done in just a few steps, including obtaining reCAPTCHA API keys, enabling it in Magento 2, and configuring it for your site's forms. If you encounter any issues, several troubleshooting tips can help you resolve them.