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Disable Plugins

Quickly disable all plugins in WordPress.


This plugin needs to go into the wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory. Provided you have SSH access to the server where WordPress lives, you can do this:

cd $SITE_ROOT/wp-content/mu-plugins
curl -LO ''

If you only have S/FTP access to the server, then you will need to first download the files. Once you have download the zip file, unzip it and upload just the disable-plugins.php file to your wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory of your site.

Once you are done with this file, simply remove it and all of your plugins will be reactivated.

* Plugin Name: Disable All Plugins
* Plugin URI:
* Description: Short-circuits the function in WordPress that determines which plugins are activated, and tells WordPress that no plugins are activated
* Version: 1.0
* Author: Jeremy Pry
* Author URI:
add_filter( 'pre_option_active_plugins', '__return_empty_array' );
add_filter( 'pre_site_option_active_sitewide_plugins', '__return_empty_array' );
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