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Required Plugins

A library you can use to make any plugins required and auto-activate.

  • Nobody can de-activate the plugin from the WordPress Admin
  • They are auto-activated when required

To use, place this library in your mu-plugins/ directory (if you don't have one, create one in wp-content/), then use the example below:

Installation & Update

With Composer

Add the following to your composer.json

    "extra": {
        "installer-paths": {
            "mu-plugins/{$name}/": ["type:wordpress-muplugin"]

Then use:

composer require webdevstudios/wds-required-plugins

This will install the mu-plugin, e.g. mu-plugins/wds-required-plugins in wp-content based projects.

You will have to require it in e.g. mu-plugins/wds-required-plugins-list.php:


require WPMU_PLUGIN_DIR . '/required-plugins/required-plugins.php';

function required_plugins_add( $required ) {
    return array_merge( $required, array(
    ) );
add_filter( 'network_required_plugins', 'required_plugins_add' );

Example Usage


 * Add required plugins to WDS_Required_Plugins.
 * @param  array $required Array of required plugins in `plugin_dir/plugin_file.php` form.
 * @return array           Modified array of required plugins.
function wds_required_plugins_add( $required ) {

	$required = array_merge( $required, array(
	) );

	return $required;
add_filter( 'required_plugins', 'required_plugins_add' );

Use the following filter instead to network activate plugins:

add_filter( 'network_required_plugins', 'required_plugins_add' );

Change the Text:

To change the label from Required Plugin to something else, use the following filter/code:

 * Modify the required-plugin label.
 * @param  string  $label Label markup.
 * @return string         (modified) label markup.
function change_required_plugins_text( $label ) {

	$label_text = __( 'Required Plugin for ACME', 'acme-prefix' );
	$label = sprintf( '<span style="color: #888">%s</span>', $label_text );

	return $label;
add_filter( 'required_plugins_text', 'change_required_plugins_text' );

Hide Required Plugins (off by default)

To hide your required plugins from the plugins list, use the following filter/code:

add_filter( 'required_plugins_remove_from_list', '__return_true' );

This will make any plugin that is required simply not show in the plugins list.


πŸ”’οΈ A WordPress plugin to make certain plugins required so that they cannot be (easily) deactivated.








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