is there a way to disable creating private groups

is there a way to disable creating private groups in buddypress for users?

  • Vaughan

    Hi Sam,

    Hope you're well?

    Not sure if this way still works with latest BP, but it did before, the last time I tried it.

    create a file called bp-custom.php

    Then add the following code to this file.

    function wpmu_disable_group_status($stati) {
        if($key = array_search(‘hidden’, $stati)) {
        return $stati;
    add_filter(‘groups_valid_status’, ‘wpmu_disable_group_status’);

    Then upload the bp-custom.php file to your /wp-content/plugins folder using FTP.

    Hope this helps

  • Hoang Ngo

    Hi @Sam,

    I hope you are well today.

    For disable users can create private group, first please add this code to your theme functions.php or use mu-plugins

    add_filter('groups_allowed_status', 'groups_allowed_status_ex');
    function groups_allowed_status_ex($status)
        if ($key = array_search('private', $status)) {
        return $status;

    And next, we will need to create a custom template for the create new group screen. Please create a folder called "groups" on your theme, and you need to copy the file /buddypress/bp-themes/bp-default/groups/create.php to your recent created folder.

    In the create.php file you've just copied, line 70 - 77, you will see a code block like this

    <label><input type="radio" name="group-status" value="private"<?php if ( 'private' == bp_get_new_group_status() ) { ?> checked="checked"<?php } ?> />
    							<strong><?php _e( 'This is a private group', 'buddypress' ); ?></strong>
    								<li><?php _e( 'Only users who request membership and are accepted can join the group.', 'buddypress' ); ?></li>
    								<li><?php _e( 'This group will be listed in the groups directory and in search results.', 'buddypress' ); ?></li>
    								<li><?php _e( 'Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.', 'buddypress' ); ?></li>

    Please remove it, that action will remove the option create private group, hope that will help :slight_smile:

    If you have any issues please don't hesitate to let us know so we can assist.

    Best regards,

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