current_user_can( string $capability, mixed $args )

Returns whether the current user has the specified capability.

Description Description

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 See also

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Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) Capability name.


(mixed) (Optional) further parameters, typically starting with an object ID.

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Return Return

(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.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/capabilities.php

function current_user_can( $capability, ...$args ) {
	$current_user = wp_get_current_user();

	if ( empty( $current_user ) ) {
		return false;

	return $current_user->has_cap( $capability, ...$args );

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
5.3.0 Formalized the existing and already documented ...$args parameter by adding it to the function signature.
2.0.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Jacob Peattie

    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.

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    Contributed by Andrija Naglic

    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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