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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 Users, 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 Capability Manager Enhanced plugin.

The Capability Manager Enhanced plugin for WordPress
  • After installing Capability Manager Enhanced, go to Users > Capabilities.
  • Check or uncheck the “activate plugins” and “edit plugins” boxes in the “Other WordPress Core Capabilities” area.

All plugin permissions in WordPress

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