Restrict Multisite Plugins

Allows network admins to restrict which plugins are available on sites, similar to themes.


Version: 1.1.3

Requires at least: WordPress 3.0

Tested up to: WordPress 3.2.1


A quick adaptation of the theme restriction code for plugins. Can only restrict on a site-wide basis, though it will only affect those sites on which it’s activated. Does not restrict super admins. Plugins must be active on the main site to be controlled by this plugin (this is an issue with WordPress’ plugin structure).

See also: Restrict Multisite Widgets


  1. Upload restrict-multisite-plugins.php to /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Network Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu OR Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu of every WordPress site you wish to restrict
  3. Select plugins to make available under the ‘Restrictions’ section in the ‘Plugins’ menu in the Network Admin or the ‘Plugins’ section in the ‘Super Admin’ menu

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enable plugins only for individual sites?

No. You can as a Network Admin however activate plugins for individual sites without restrictions.

Will this plugin affect plugins already activated by site admins?

No. This plugin only prevents changes to the state of plugins and hides them from Admins. You will need to deactivate any plugins manually.



  • Activation state check for menus to support single blog activation


  • Changed class loading to admin-only


  • Standardised capability used to ‘manage_network_plugins’


  • Added support for Network Admin
  • Moved page to Network Admin -> Plugins -> Restrictions under WordPress 3.1 and higher
  • Hid Network plugins
  • Changed plugin class to static callbacks


  • First public release

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