Private Access Private Access

This function’s access is marked private. This means it is not intended for use by plugin or theme developers, only in other core functions. It is listed here for completeness.

Summery Summery

Returns array of network plugin files to be included in global scope.

Syntax Syntax


Description Description

The default directory is wp-content/plugins. To change the default directory manually, define WP_PLUGIN_DIR and WP_PLUGIN_URL in wp-config.php.

Return Return

(string[]) Array of absolute paths to files to include.

Source Source

File: wp-includes/ms-load.php

function wp_get_active_network_plugins() {
	$active_plugins = (array) get_site_option( 'active_sitewide_plugins', array() );
	if ( empty( $active_plugins ) ) {
		return array();

	$plugins        = array();
	$active_plugins = array_keys( $active_plugins );
	sort( $active_plugins );

	foreach ( $active_plugins as $plugin ) {
		if ( ! validate_file( $plugin )                     // $plugin must validate as file.
			&& '.php' === substr( $plugin, -4 )             // $plugin must end with '.php'.
			&& file_exists( WP_PLUGIN_DIR . '/' . $plugin ) // $plugin must exist.
			) {
			$plugins[] = WP_PLUGIN_DIR . '/' . $plugin;

	return $plugins;


Changelog Changelog

Version Description
3.1.0 Introduced.


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