Is it possible to block specific plugins from updating, manually too? I don't want to block this by hiding the notification, changing the plugin version or anything like this. I'd like the notification to show, show the new version number, but when hitting the update manually it should block/disallow this - preferably displaying some sort of (cusomized) notification in the plugin section (eg. "Update for this plugin is not possible").

  • if it's a free plugin of wordpress.org, you juste have to rename the directory name of the plugin.
    – Kaperto
    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:38
  • I was more looking into commercial plugins. Nov 26, 2019 at 15:26
  • there is a lot of different way to update a commercial plugin then you have to read the code of the plugin to find how to stop the update.
    – Kaperto
    Nov 26, 2019 at 18:01

2 Answers 2


Try this:

add_filter( 'http_request_args', 'dm_prevent_update_check', 10, 2 );
function dm_prevent_update_check( $r, $url ) {
    if ( 0 === strpos( $url, 'http://api.wordpress.org/plugins/update-check/' ) ) {
        $my_plugin = plugin_basename( __FILE__ );
        $plugins = unserialize( $r['body']['plugins'] );
        unset( $plugins->plugins[$my_plugin] );
        unset( $plugins->active[array_search( $my_plugin, $plugins->active )] );
        $r['body']['plugins'] = serialize( $plugins );
    return $r;

Credits: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/17897044/wordpress-how-to-disable-plugin-update

  • Useful link: markjaquith.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/…
    – Awais
    Nov 26, 2019 at 13:07
  • This would work, but I don't want the plugin not to check and show updates. I want them visible but restrict the actual update process for manual updates. Nov 26, 2019 at 15:29

Assuming you are still planning on updating plugins yourself but don't want other users to be able to do it, according to wp-admin/update.php you can revoke the 'update_plugins' permission from a user to prevent this. They will get a wp_die message 'Sorry, you are not allowed to update plugins for this site.'

For permissions management you can use User Role Editor or similar.

  • Well, I'd need that option for admins as well. Deciding by role is nice and easy, but I need to achieve the same, but for all users. If I ever want to update plugins myself, I'd have to delete the extra code I've put there for this block to work... Nov 26, 2019 at 22:23
  • Put every other admin but you in a lesser role without upgrade privilages. It seems like you're making this more complicated than it needs to be.
    – Andrew
    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:19

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