I am remote activating plugins using update_option('active_plugins,'some_plugins'); It works fine except one thing: if some plugins have to create some tables using register_activation_hook(__FILE__,'activate'); it won't create them.

When I'm activating plugins normally in wp-admin/plugins.php it works fine. Any ideas how to remote execute this activation hook or maybe there is different way to better plugin activation?

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Use activate_plugin() instead:

activate_plugin( $plugin, $redirect = '', $network_wide = false, $silent = false )

You need just the first parameter, the same value as in the option.

This function will call the necessary actions:

if ( ! $silent ) {
    do_action( 'activate_plugin', $plugin, $network_wide );
    do_action( 'activate_' . $plugin, $network_wide );

Note: depending on where you call activate_plugin function you might need to add this:

 include_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/plugin.php' );
  • Hi toscho. I'm using xml-rpc calls to work on wordpress. activate_plugin() method isn't accessible by it. Calling do_action('activate_plugin','plugin/plugin.php',false) gives nothing. Only way I see for now is direct create tables in database. Or maybe You have another ideas?
    – bigwolk
    Jun 5, 2013 at 6:54
  • @bigwolk Have you tried to extend XML RPC to get access to the function?
    – fuxia
    Jun 5, 2013 at 6:58
  • I'm using extended api plugin to access almost all methods in wordpress.
    – bigwolk
    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:16

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