current_user_can ( $capability, $args )

  • (string) capability Capability name.
  • (mixed) args 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.
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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.

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current_user_can_for_blog, set_current_user, get_current_user_id, wp_get_current_user, wp_set_current_user

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