How to Force Users to be Logged-in to Download Purchased Files

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Are you looking for a way to force users to be logged-in to download purchased files? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to force users to be logged-in to download purchased files in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

class EDD_Force_Login {

	function __construct() {
		add_action( 'plugins_loaded', array( $this, 'load' ) );

	public function load() {
		add_action( 'edd_process_verified_download', array( $this, 'force_login' ), 10, 2 );

	public function force_login( $download, $email ) {
		if(  ! is_user_logged_in() ) {
			$login_url = wp_login_url( trailingslashit( home_url() ) . '?' . $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] );
			$message = sprintf( 'You must be logged in to download files. <a href="%s">Login here</a>.', $login_url );
			wp_die( $message, 'Error' );


$GLOBALS['edd_force_login'] = new EDD_Force_Login();

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 10 best WordPress testimonial plugins and how to create a survey in WordPress.

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