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Hide Plugins


Hide Plugins is a light-weight plugin that gives a single admin user the ability to hide plugins prevent them from being activated, deactivated, or deleted by clients and other users, including administrators. By activating Hide Plugins, you will be able to see all plugins and a toggle to hide each plugin from other users on the Plugins page. Hide Plugins will always remain hidden.

Note that the dropdown on the Edit Plugins page will not be affected, since it does not have a filter to hook into. Hidden plugins will remain active, so traces of the plugin in areas other than the Plugins page (like options pages in the admin menu) will still be visible. If you also want to hide menus, we recommend using Admin Menu Editor.


  • Plugins page as viewed by Hide Plugin’s master admin user. Hidden plugins appear in italics.
  • Plugins page as viewed by another admin user. Hidden plugins are not displayed.


Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 3.0 or greater
  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Automatic Installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t even need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Hide Plugins, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Hide Plugins” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found the plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking Install Now. After clicking that link you will be asked if you’re sure you want to install the plugin. Click yes and WordPress will automatically complete the installation.

Manual Installation

The manual installation method involves downloading the plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favorite FTP application.

  1. Download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it
  2. Using an FTP program, or your hosting control panel, upload the unzipped plugin folder to your WordPress installation’s wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin from the Plugins menu within the WordPress admin.


Automatic updates should work like a charm; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.


What does it hide?

Hide Plugins does one thing: it prevent plugins from appearing on the Plugins page in your WordPress dashboard for all other users. Any other areas of the dashboard that may be affected by hidden plugins, like settings pages and dashboard widgts, will not be hidden.

Which plugins can I hide?

Hide Plugins will always be hidden by default, when it is active. You will see new action links under every plugin on the Plugins page. Click “Hide” to hide a plugin from other users. Click “Show” to unhide the plugin, so that it is visible to everyone again. Hidden plugins will be displayed in italics.

Who does it hide plugins from?

Hide Plugins will hide the chosen plugins from all other users, including admin users. The only person who will be able to see hidden plugins is you, the master user.

How can I also hide admin menu links?

Install the Admin Menu Editor plugin to re-order, hide, or rename menus, add custom menus and more.


September 30, 2017
Can this be made to only hide plugins from specific sites instead of all. I use multisite and all plugins as you know are installed from super-admin but I don’t need every plugin on every site. I know I can deactivate network from activate but this would also affect all sites that I use specific networking on but it’s those sites that don’t need the network activated plugins on that I would like to hide the plugin from as it gets to messy having so many useless/un-used plugins on each site.
September 3, 2016
Incredibly useful. Works wonderfully and simple to use. No more clients messing with vital plugins. 🙂 Saves me so much work and time. Thank you!
September 3, 2016
This plugin is so simple. No settings pages and enables you to hide plugins from all users but yourself. It simply adds a hide link next to each plugin, allowing you to click it and that’s it. It will hide that plugin from everyone but you. The only thing missing is an option to export the plugins hid to use on other sites. It would be good for other users, but I’ve created my own them and just import the database entry so those hidden plugin settings are applied automatically.
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Contributors & Developers

“Hide Plugins” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Feature – Add plugin action links to multisite.


  • Tweak – Display hidden plugin descriptions in italics.
  • Localization – German translations added.
  • Localization – Spanish translations added.
  • Localization – Finnish translations added.
  • Localization – French translations added.
  • Localization – Italian translations added.
  • Localization – Norwegian translations added.
  • Localization – Dutch translations added.
  • Localization – Portuguese translations added.
  • Localization – Swedish translations added.


  • Tweak – Display hidden plugin names in italics instead of appending ” – Hidden” string.


  • Localization – Japanese translations added.


  • Feature – Save current user as Hide Plugins master on activation.
  • Feature – Label hidden plugins and display actions links to master user.
  • Feature – Hide selected plugins from all other users.