How to create new role with same capabilities of existing role. Eg: I would like to create a new role with same capabilities of administrator or editor and so on..


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Try this... This should work.

add_action('init', 'cloneRole');

function cloneRole()
    global $wp_roles;
    if ( ! isset( $wp_roles ) )
        $wp_roles = new WP_Roles();

    $adm = $wp_roles->get_role('administrator');
    //Adding a 'new_role' with all admin caps
    $wp_roles->add_role('new_role', 'My Custom Role', $adm->capabilities);

Check it.

  • Watchout!! this seems to clone the role before the plugins add roles and capabilities. I'll try admin_init to see if this is better. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 17:21
  • @spankmaster79 Yes please, that will be great! Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00
  • @RutwickGangurde didn't work any better. Role is still ignored by the plugin Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 15:42

You could always use the User Role Editor plugin;

  1. Install the plugin
  2. Go to Users > User Role Editor
  3. Click "Add Role" to the right
  4. Choose the role you wish to duplicate from the "Make copy of" dropdown in the dialogue box
  5. Click "Add Role" in the dialogue box

suppose you want to clone the editor.

$edr = $wp_roles->get_role('Editor');
add_role('clonerole', 'clone roles', $edr->capabilities);

the system that worked in my case is this:

add_action('init', 'cloneRole');

function cloneRole() {
 $adm = get_role('administrator');
 $adm_cap= array_keys( $adm->capabilities ); //get administator capabilities
 add_role('new_role', 'My Custom Role'); //create new role
 $new_role = get_role('new_role');
  foreach ( $adm_cap as $cap ) {
   $new_role->add_cap( $cap ); //clone administrator capabilities to new role

As of 2024, cloning a role is better achieved with the wp CLI role command, e.g.

wp role create 'new-role' 'New-role' --clone 'existing-role'

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