User Role Editor


User Role Editor WordPress plugin allows you to change user roles and capabilities easy.
Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done.
Add new roles and customise its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch or as a copy of other existing roles.
An unnecessary self-made role can be deleted if there are no users whom such role is assigned.
The role assigned to every newly created user by default may be changed too.
Capabilities could be assigned on per user basis. Multiple roles could be assigned to a user simultaneously.
You can add new capabilities and remove unnecessary capabilities which could be left from uninstalled plugins.
Multi-site support is provided.

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User Role Editor Pro includes extra modules:

  • Block selected admin menu items for role.
  • Hide selected front end menu items for no logged-in visitors, logged-in users, roles.
  • Block selected widgets under “Appearance” menu for role.
  • Show widgets at front end for selected roles.
  • Block selected meta boxes (dashboard, posts, pages, custom post types) for role.
  • “Export/Import” module. You can export user role to the local file and import it to any WordPress site or other sites of the multi-site WordPress network.
  • Roles and Users permissions management via Network Admin for multisite configuration. One click Synchronisation to the whole network.
  • “Other roles access” module allows to define which other roles user with current role may see at WordPress: dropdown menus, e.g assign role to user editing user profile, etc.
  • Manage user access to editing posts/pages/custom post type using posts/pages, authors, taxonomies ID list.
  • Per plugin users access management for plugins activate/deactivate operations.
  • Per form users access management for Gravity Forms plugin.
  • Shortcode to show enclosed content to the users with selected roles only.
  • Posts and pages view restrictions for selected roles.
  • Admin back end pages permissions viewer

Pro version is advertisement-free. Premium support is included.

Additional Documentation

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  • screenshot-1.png User Role Editor main form
  • screenshot-2.png Add/Remove roles or capabilities
  • screenshot-3.png User Capabilities link
  • screenshot-4.png User Capabilities Editor
  • screenshot-5.png Bulk change role for users without roles
  • screenshot-6.png Assign multiple roles to the selected users


Installation procedure:

  1. Deactivate plugin if you have the previous version installed.
  2. Extract “” archive content to the “/wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor” directory.
  3. Activate “User Role Editor” plugin via ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress admin menu.
  4. Go to the “Users”-“User Role Editor” menu item and change your WordPress standard roles capabilities according to your needs.


  • Does it work with WordPress in a multi-site environment?
    Yes, it works with WordPress multi-site. By default, the plugin works for every blog from your multi-site network as for locally installed blog.
    To update selected role globally for the Network you should turn on the “Apply to All Sites” checkbox. You should have superadmin privileges to use User Role Editor under WordPress multi-site.
    Pro version allows managing roles of the whole network from the Network Admin.

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May 21, 2023
A powerfull, logical, native approach to capabilities and roles, without the need to code it all. Great stuff. Probably the best solution out there.
April 3, 2023 1 reply
Hi,I installed your plugin to add more capabilities to the Contributor role and now for some reason, the black menu bar isn't showing up for that role. I've tried deactivating the plugin but the changes are still there, please let me know how I can have all the changes from the plugin removed.Kind regards
March 27, 2023
We've been using the pro version of this plugin on many many sites for at least 5 years, and it seems like we still find things that we didn't know we could do. Recently we've been working on creating a custom workflow that allows our clients to do certain things but not others, and this plugin has been invaluable. We couldn't be doing what we are doing without it. Vladimir is also highly responsive, and willing to add new features if the need makes sense. This is the best money I ever spent for a plugin in any CMS.
March 22, 2023
This is the best multi-purpose permissions plugin.That is, there are other plugins focused on specific things, such as user role management, but this plugin (and its modules) allow you to CONTROL WORDPRESS PERMISSIONS of roles, menu items, show content or not depending on the role, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
March 17, 2023
Más sencillo de usar que otros plugins similares y me ha solucionado un problema que no podía solucionar con otro plugin similar. Con otro plugin muy parecido tuve el problema de que no distinguía entre mayúsculas y minúsculas, con lo que asignaba mal las "capabilities" si estás tenían mayúsculas. Con este plugin, problema resuelto.
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“User Role Editor” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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[4.63.3] 12.03.2023

  • Fix: PHP version 8.2 showed warning: Creation of dynamic property User_Role_Editor::$settings_page_hook is deprecated : wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor/includes/classes/user-role-editor.php:603
  • Fix: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught TypeError: in_array(): Argument #2 ($haystack) must be of type array, int given in wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor/includes/classes/view.php:81
  • Fix: PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘:’, expecting ‘;’ or ‘{‘: wp-content/plugins/user-role-editor/includes/classes/base-lib.php on line 119, type declarations were removed for compatibility with older PHP versions.

File changelog.txt contains the full list of changes.