What is the edit_plugins permission in WordPress? #

The edit_plugins permission allows users access to the “Plugin Editor” screen in WordPress.

The edit_plugins permission can not be used by itself. Before you can edit plugins you also need the activate_plugins permission. 

This screen is very dangerous because you can directly edit the files for any plugin on your WordPress site. Any user with the edit_plugins permission can quickly bring down a WordPress site.

Who has the edit_plugins permission? #

The edit_plugins permission is available on single WordPress sites and on multisite networks.

By default, the edit_plugins permission is only given to Super Admins, and Administrators.

Users not in these roles are not allowed to edit plugins.

Control who has the edit_plugins permission #

You can control who has the edit_plugins permission by installing the PublishPress Capabilities plugin.

  • After installing PublishPress Capabilities, go to “Capabilities” in your admin menu.
  • Using the dropdown in the top-left corner, choose the role you want to edit.
  • Click the “Plugins” area.
  • Check or uncheck the “edit plugins” box.

All plugin permissions in WordPress #