<?php global $current_user; echo array_shift($current_user->roles);>

Using this i can display user role slug but i want to display Name of the role. Any suggestion ? Thanks

  • echo $current_user->display_name; ? Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 14:59
  • @RiddleMeThis that would display the display name of the user, e.g. for tomjn it would be "Tom J Nowell". The OP doesn't want that though, they have admin and want "Administrator"
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 15:00
  • right. I totally misread the question. Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 15:07

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WordPress does not (currently) have a global function (e.g. get_role_name()) for getting the role name (e.g. Shop Manager for shop-manager or maybe shop_manager etc.), but you can easily get (and then display) it like so:

$role = 'shop-manager'; // the role slug; it's up to you how to get the value..

$role_name = $role ? wp_roles()->get_names()[ $role ] : '';
/* Or directly access WP_Roles::$role_names:
$role_name = $role ? wp_roles()->role_names[ $role ] : '';

echo $role_name;

References: wp_roles() and the WP_Roles class.

Some Additional Notes

  1. Be careful when using array_shift() - it does return the value but also removes the original item from the source array, so in your case, the next time you access $current_user->roles, it would be empty or no longer contains the user's role.

  2. Just as with the current post where it's a better practice to access the post object/data using get_post(), it's also recommended to use wp_get_current_user() to get the current user object/data instead of relying upon the global $current_user variable.

    And if your code runs only if the current user is authenticated/logged-in, then a shortcut for getting the user role is $role = wp_get_current_user()->roles[0]; :)

PS: Big thanks to @WacławJacek for his helpful comment! =)

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    Be careful when using array_shift() though - it does return the value but also removes it from the source array. You can use $current_user->roles[0] instead. You can also use wp_get_current_user() instead of using the global variable. Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 15:15
global $current_user;
$role = $current_user->roles[0];
$role_name = $role ? wp_roles()->get_names()[ $role ] : '';
echo $role_name;

Works like a charm

  • It's quite bizarre that you unaccepted my answer after it's accepted for over a month - is my answer no longer working?... But anyway, thanks for your previous support.
    – Sally CJ
    Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 22:40
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    sorry :) your answer helped
    – g3ar
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 10:01

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