BuddyPress Automatic Friends

BuddyPress Automatic Friends
  • Contributors: stevenkword
  • Tags: admin, automatic, automatic friends, buddypress, friends, instant friends, new members, plugin, registration
  • Requires at least: 3.5
  • Tested up to: 3.8.3
  • Stable tag: 2.0.1
  • License: GPLv2 or later
  • License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html


Automatically create and accept friendships for specified users upon new user registration. * Requires BuddyPress


  1. Upload the bp-automatic-friends folder to the plugins directory in your WordPress installation

  2. Activate the plugin

  3. Click on the "Automatic Friends" link under the BuddyPress Menu.

  4. Configure your BuddyPress Automatic Friends options.



  • Now with more Spanish - Thanks to Maria Ramos


  • Major OOP rewrite
  • Admin Menu compliance with modern BuddyPress versions
  • Themes options page
  • Adds donate links
  • Autocomplete on Global Friend suggestions
  • Ajax actions for adding/removing global friends
  • General beautification


  • Removes hooks from account sign-up and activation.
  • Friendships are now created upon a new user's first login.
  • Resolves conflict with plugins such as "Disable Activation" that bypass the activation process.


  • Post form to admin settings based on get_admin_url - fixes 404 upon saving form options in multisite installs


  • Removed debug output on user activation page
  • Update code comments to PHPDoc
  • Create friendships upon user activation rather than user registration
  • Update friend counts for new users upon


  • Add display that shows which users are selected via the admin panel.


  • Update admin menu hook to support multisite.
  • Update to support BuddyPress 1.5


  • First official release

125 Responses

  1. Phillip says:

    I installed the plugin and activated but not showing up in dashboard.

  2. Hi Steve,
    It’s possible to make as default all new user registration as friends without set up IDs?

    Many thanks,

    • Steven Word says:


      It’s in progress. I’m working on v 2.0 now which overhauls pretty much everything. It will be released before the holidays.

      • Ros says:

        Hi Steven,
        but now it’s possible to make as default all new user registration as friends without set up IDs…where?

        • Steven Word says:

          There is not an option to always make everyone friends with everyone else. However, I don’t think this would be terribly difficult to accomplish. Let me think a little while about the best way to implement it.

          As for right now, you will still need to setup global friend user names in the settings found at Admin > Users > Automatic Friends.

  3. Steven Word says:

    Would anyone like to beta test version 2.0? It is ready, but I’d like to get a second pairs of eyes on it.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Yes, please!! I’d love to beta test!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Hi – the plugin works perfectly for me, as admin of the site; all new members can automatically be my friends. But it’s missing the main feature I need: have all *group* members automatically be friends. It’s about controlling profile and activity visibility so only other members of the group can access them. My site is composed of six private groups, and for the moment it’s a bit disturbing that any user at all can click on a profile of someone not in the same group and access their info. Would this be something really difficult to implement?

    • Steven Word says:

      @Bonnie — Thank you very much for the testing! The main intent behind the upcoming release was to keep the functionality the same as the previous version, but make the administration accessible to a wider audience.

      Now that I am mostly satisfied with the user experience, I can start taking a look into providing some additional features. I’ve had a similar feature request before, having to do with groups, and I will put it at the top of the short list. I can’t speak to the difficulty without doing some further research, but I will look into it.

      • Bonnie says:

        Yay for being at the top of the shortlist! I’m certain a lot of people will be interested in this; customizing privacy in BP is a bit of a challenge, and more options for “friending” will definitely be a huge plus. I think I’ll review and comment on WordPress.org to see what the response is.

        It’s always reassuring when plugin developers react well and quickly to users. Thank you!

  6. Steven Word says:

    Version 2.0.1 of BuddyPress Automatic Friends is now available.

  7. Steven Word says:

    BuddyPress Automatic Friends is now available in Spanish courtesy of to Maria Ramos. Thanks Maria!

  8. Rosario says:

    Hi Steven!

    I would like all users who sign up to our site were already friends, without having to select them one by one from Automatic Friends” settings.

    Many thanks,

  9. Kerry says:

    Hi Steven! Great plugin. We’re installing BuddyPress on a website with 250+ existing users. It’s replacing Mingle which had the same capability as your plugin. All users auto friend with the admin upon registration. Once we install Buddypress and then your plugin, is there a way to set up for all existing users to be automatic friends with the admin? If not, this would be a great feature to add to your plugin.

    • Steven Word says:


      Thank you. I don’t have that feature available at this time, but it is in future plans. Stay tuned!

  10. David Foster says:

    I have installed this plugin, and when I activate it, go to the settings, and try to add the admin, it just hangs. I am not able to add any user to the global add friend area. We have about 600 members on our site. Could this be why it takes so long?

    • Steven Word says:


      I am thinking this is a JS autocomplete issue. I have not tested extensively with a large user base, but if you can give me a little time I will investigate and improve the caching mechanism if possible. Thank you for the feedback!

  11. Lynne says:


    Is there a way to turn off the “… accepted your friendship request” emails for the friendships created automatically by the plugin?

    It seems as if all new users receives mass notification emails from the automatic friend requests which can be annoying.


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