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Get User Role


This plugin doesn’t do anything on the surface but if you call the get_user_role() function then you can achieve one of two results.


Returns the role of the specified user.



(string)(optional) ‘username’

Return Values

(string) If no $user_id is specified in the function call the function will return the role of the currently logged in user, otherwise the role of the specified user will be returned.


$role = get_user_role(“admin”);

This will return “administrator”.


This plugin may call the following global variables:


This plugin is designed to work with any correctly made custom roles.


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.


  1. Upload to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Call get_user_role() as required


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Contributors & Developers

“Get User Role” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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