current_user_can( string $capability, mixed $args ): bool

Returns whether the current user has the specified capability.


This function also accepts an ID of an object to check against if the capability is a meta capability. Meta capabilities such as edit_post and edit_user are capabilities used by the map_meta_cap() function to map to primitive capabilities that a user or role has, such as edit_posts and edit_others_posts.

Example usage:

current_user_can( 'edit_posts' );
current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post->ID );
current_user_can( 'edit_post_meta', $post->ID, $meta_key );

While checking against particular roles in place of a capability is supported in part, this practice is discouraged as it may produce unreliable results.

Note: Will always return true if the current user is a super admin, unless specifically denied.

See also


Capability name.
Optional further parameters, typically starting with an object ID.


bool Whether the current user has the given capability. If $capability is a meta cap and $object_id is passed, whether the current user has the given meta capability for the given object.


function current_user_can( $capability, ...$args ) {
	return user_can( wp_get_current_user(), $capability, ...$args );


5.8.0Converted to wrapper for the user_can() function.
5.3.0Formalized the existing and already documented ...$args parameter by adding it to the function signature.

User Contributed Notes

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    If you want to check more than two roles, you can check if the roles of the current user is inside an array of roles, something like:

    $user = wp_get_current_user();
    $allowed_roles = array( 'editor', 'administrator', 'author' );
    if ( array_intersect( $allowed_roles, $user->roles ) ) {
       // Stuff here for allowed roles
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    Note: Will always return true if the current user is a super admin, unless specifically denied.

    This note is a bit misleading. Explicitly denying the capability by using $user->add_cap( 'capability', false ) will not work. The only way to explicitly deny a capability for super admins is to use the map_meta_cap filter to return do_not_allow for checks for that capability.

  3. Skip to note 12 content

    The old Codex says current_user_can( $capability , $object_id ); but there’s no parameter $object_id in the head title on this page, even though it is listed in the Parameters section.

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