Disable plugin deactivation for specific plugins

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will enable you to remove the deactivate link from specific plugins. This will help you stop clients from deactivating core plugins while still providing access.



add_filter( 'plugin_action_links', 'slt_lock_plugins', 10, 4 );
function slt_lock_plugins( $actions, $plugin_file, $plugin_data, $context ) {
// Remove edit link for all
if ( array_key_exists( 'edit', $actions ) )
unset( $actions['edit'] );
// Remove deactivate link for crucial plugins
if ( array_key_exists( 'deactivate', $actions ) && in_array( $plugin_file, array(
unset( $actions['deactivate'] );
return $actions;

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