There are some times when we need to hide specific plugin from our client. When a plugin control very important and sensitive site settings and playing with it can affect website functionality and appearance, it will be better to hide the plugin from your client (even when he/she is an administrator).

Is there any plugin to hide a plugin from installed plugin list?

And my answer is “Yes”. There is a perfect plugin to hide any plugin from all other users even when they have administrator privileges. This plugin is very useful and it prevents your client from seeing and deactivating the plugin that you hide.

WP Custom Admin Interface

WP Custom Admin Interface is a surprisingly free plugin that offers features like a premium plugin. With this plugin, you can hide not only plugins from plugin list but also users from users list. Moreover you can conditionally hide plugins and users for specific users. This plugin is a complete suite to white label WordPress admin dashboard offering following features;

  • Custom dashboard widget
  • Custom CSS for dashboard
  • Show/hide/rename admin menu items for specific users
  • Show hide plugins/users from list for specific users
  • Customize admin bar
  • Add new menu items in admin bar and admin menu
  • custom login logo and background
  • custom admin dashboard footer text

+ many more features

How to hide specific plugin from plugin list for other users including other admins

How to use the plugin

  • It is very easy to use this plugin. First install the plugin and activate it. This plugin is visible only to the administrator who activates it.
  • Now get to the admin menu > WP Custom Admin Interface > Hide Plugins

  • Choose which plugin to hide
  • Choose option “Hide for Everyone”
  • Add your main account username as exception


Advantage of using Hide Plugins

Hide Plugins has an edge over using custom code to hide some plugins from plugin list. If you hide a plugin using a custom function, it will hide the plugin from you too and this way plugin will become unavailable for you too to update or deactivate that plugin.

Hiding plugins using custom code

You can also hide one or more plugins from plugin list adding a custom php function to WordPress theme function file. But I recommend you to add this function or any other custom function using “My Custom Functions” plugin. This plugin saves your custom PHP code to database and it will not be lost on updating or changing the theme. Add the following code to theme function file or in “My Custom Function” plugin

function secret_plugin_webcusp() {
global $wp_list_table;
$hidearr = array(‘my-custom-functions/my-custom-functions.php‘,'user-role-editor/user-role-editor.php‘ );
$myplugins = $wp_list_table->items;
foreach ($myplugins as $key => $val) {
if (in_array($key,$hidearr)) {
}add_action(‘pre_current_active_plugins', ‘secret_plugin_webcusp');

In 3rd line of code, you can add the plugin main php file link and in the same way you can add multiple plugins

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