WP_REST_Posts_Controller::can_access_password_content( WP_Post $post, WP_REST_Request $request )

Checks if the user can access password-protected content.


This method determines whether we need to override the regular password check in core with a filter.

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(WP_Post) (Required) Post to check against.


(WP_REST_Request) (Required) Request data to check.

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(bool) True if the user can access password-protected content, otherwise false.

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File: wp-includes/rest-api/endpoints/class-wp-rest-posts-controller.php

	public function can_access_password_content( $post, $request ) {
		if ( empty( $post->post_password ) ) {
			// No filter required.
			return false;

		 * Users always gets access to password protected content in the edit
		 * context if they have the `edit_post` meta capability.
		if (
			'edit' === $request['context'] &&
			current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post->ID )
		) {
			return true;

		// No password, no auth.
		if ( empty( $request['password'] ) ) {
			return false;

		// Double-check the request password.
		return hash_equals( $post->post_password, $request['password'] );

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Version Description
4.7.0 Introduced.

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