Entity Capabilities

Defining capabilities

There is no need to explicitly define or register a new capability to the system. For example the search plugin uses the searchable capability.

Registering for capabilities

If an entity supports a certain capability (or feature) this should be registered in the system. This can be done by registering the capability in the entities section of the elgg-plugin.php of the plugin.

'entities' => [
                'type' => 'object',
                'subtype' => 'blog',
                'capabilities' => [
                        'searchable' => true,

There is also the option to enable (or disable) a capability for a certain entity type/subtype using one of the following functions:

  • elgg_entity_enable_capability($type, $subtype, $capability) use this for enabling a certain capability
  • elgg_entity_disable_capability($type, $subtype, $capability) use this for disabling a certain capability

Checking for capabilities

There are helper functions to check if a certain capability is supported in the system. You can check if an entity supports a certain capability using the $entity->hasCapability($capability) function. Alternatively if you do not have an entity at your disposal, you can use elgg_entity_has_capability($type, $subtype, $capability).

There is also a function available to get an array of all type/subtypes in the system that support a certain capability.

$types_subtypes = elgg_entity_types_with_capability('searchable');

// output
        'object' => [
        'group' => [