I installed BuddyPress which created additional user roles but even after deleting BuddyPress those roles are still there. How can I delete these roles? I have tried the remove_role() command but it did not work.

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$wp_roles = new WP_Roles(); // create new role object

If you need to check the name_of_role use


you will get an array of name_of_role => Nicename of Role

Alternatively, you could use the global object $wp_roles

global $wp_roles;
  • Where should I put this code?
    – shenkwen
    Jul 9, 2021 at 21:46

A nice, user-friendly way of deleting your custom roles is using the Members plugin.

Once you install and activate it, go to Users > Roles and here you can delete an custom roles that you do not need, which you can see here:

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Once you've remove the unwanted roles, you can simply delete the Members plugin.

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