When I open Dashboard-->Plugins, the page lists all of my installed plugins in an admin table. It displays two columns: 'Plugin' and 'Description' (screenshot). How can I add a new column to this table, and display data of my choosing? I am aware of WP_List_Table(), and have used it in the past to create a new admin table, on a new admin page. But can I use it to modify the existing plugins table?

Alternatively, if I could add additional information to the existing 'Description' column--as other plugins do (screenshot--that would be acceptable.

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    Have you checked the answer? Did it help?
    – Sally CJ
    Aug 26, 2019 at 8:25
  • Looks to be promising, but I'll really need ~2-3 more days to have a thorough read. I'll make sure to reply here.
    – cag8f
    Aug 26, 2019 at 12:02
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    Sure, take your time.
    – Sally CJ
    Aug 27, 2019 at 2:42

1 Answer 1


The table of plugins on the plugins admin screen uses WP_Plugins_List_Table which extends the WP_List_Table class. And there are hooks which you can use to modify the table columns, content, etc. Here are some of the hooks, which are relevant in your case:

Working Example


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The Code

Note: The screen ID of the plugins admin screen (wp-admin/plugins.php) is plugins.

// Add the "Main File" column.
add_filter( 'manage_plugins_columns', 'my_add_main_file_column' );
function my_add_main_file_column( $columns ) {
    $columns['main_file'] = 'Main File';
    return $columns;

// Display the content for the "Main File" column.
add_action( 'manage_plugins_custom_column', 'my_the_main_file_column', 10, 2 );
function my_the_main_file_column( $column_name, $plugin_file ) {
    if ( 'main_file' === $column_name ) {
        echo $plugin_file;

// Add custom content in the "Description" column.
add_filter( 'plugin_row_meta', 'my_add_custom_plugin_meta' );
function my_add_custom_plugin_meta( $plugin_meta ) {
    $plugin_meta[] = 'Custom data here';
    return $plugin_meta;
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    OK I had a look, and everything seems to do exactly what I want. Thanks very much for all that, including the sample code--it worked perfectly and illustrated everything I need. I was able to also convert your sample column into a sortable column, using your instructions. So let's call this answered--thanks again. Separately, what application do you use to create your screenshots? I use Microsoft Paint, but yours seems to have some nicer features.
    – cag8f
    Sep 1, 2019 at 11:36
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    You're welcome and see this regarding that separate thing. :)
    – Sally CJ
    Sep 4, 2019 at 0:16

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