user_can ( $user, $capability, $args )

  • (int|WP_User) $user User ID or object.
  • (string) $capability Capability name.
  • (mixed) $args ...$args Optional further parameters, typically starting with an object ID.
  • (bool) Whether the user has the given capability.
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Returns whether a particular 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:

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

Related Functions

author_can, is_user_admin, current_user_can, get_user_count, user_admin_url

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