On a multisite network, I have some plugins that are network activated so they run on every site in the network. However, I want to disable all of the network active plugins on some of the sites.

How can I do this?

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Multisite-wide active plugins are stored in the active_sitewide_plugins site option. We can hook into this option and return an empty array (no plugins are active).

This snippet should be installed as a Must-Use Plugin.

 * Plugin Name: Disable Sitewide Plugins
 * Plugin URI: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/q/107732/19726
 * Author: Shea Bunge
 * Author URI: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/users/19726/shea
 * Version: 0.1

global $blog_id;
if ( in_array( $blog_id, array( 6, 9, 42 ) ) {
    add_filter( 'pre_site_option_active_sitewide_plugins', '__return_empty_array' );

Remember to replace array( 6, 9, 42 ) with an array of the blog IDs you want to disable network-wide plugins on.

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