BuddyPress Friendship Restrictions

BuddyPress Friendship Restrictions plugin allows you to restrict BuddyPress Friendship features. You can limit who can add a friend, who can be added as a friend, how many requests are allowed, and how many friends are allowed on your BuddyPress site.

It gives absolute control to the site admins to control how the friends feature works.


  • Restrict users who can send friendship request by roles
  • Restrict users who can be added as a friend based on roles.
  • Throttle BuddyPress friendship request(How many requests can be sent in a specified duration)
  • Limit the maximum allowed number of friends
  • Easily extend via filters.

Also, In the future, the plugin will allow setting limits for individual roles.



For installation and extending the plugin, please see the documentation.


Our sincere thanks to FRED-DIM IKENNA(eviL__Lizard) for originally suggesting the plugin.

Release History

  • Version: 1.1.2

    Wednesday, 09 June, 2021
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 9.0.0
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 7.0+

    Fix bug of accept friendship with legacy template pack

  • Version: 1.1.1

    Thursday, 07 May, 2020
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 5.2
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 4.0

    Fix the issue with allowed friendship count & Throttling not working properly.

  • Version: 1.1.0

    Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 5.0
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Complete rewrite of the plugin to support restrictions per role or per member type. This update makes the plugin greatly flexible and suitable for a wide variety of use cases.
    For details, Please see https://buddydev.com/buddypress-friendship-restrictions-reimagined/

  • Version: 1.0.4

    Saturday, 27 July, 2019
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 4.4
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Fixes friendship limit being enforced even when limit was disabled. Now accepting a request will pass if limit is disabled.

  • Version: 1.0.3

    Tuesday, 12 March, 2019
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 4.2
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Fix the message issue on Accept friendship request page.

  • Version: 1.0.2

    Sunday, 10 March, 2019
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 4.2
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Fix the visibility of button to only apply when sender restrictions are enabled.

  • Version: 1.0.1

    Thursday, 06 December, 2018
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 4.2
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Fix labels.

  • Version: 1.0.0

    Saturday, 01 December, 2018
    • Tested With: BuddyPress 4.0
    • Compatible With: BuddyPress 3.0+

    Initial release.