Fix bbPress Form Shortcode not Showing

bbPress Create Topic Form not showing? I have guest posting enabled in my bbPress plugin but for some reason the Create Topic Form is not showing. This issue becomes apparent when the following are true:

  • Anonymous or Guest Posting is enabled.
  • The shortcode [bbp-topic-form] is used.
  • The shortcode is added on a page.
  • The page slug is the same as the default bbPress forums /forums/

For those having the same issue, you can either use a different page slug instead of the usual /forums/ or add this code to your theme’s functions.php

add_filter( 'bbp_current_user_can_access_create_topic_form', 'ra_bbp_create_topic_access' );

function ra_bbp_create_topic_access( $retval ) {

   if ( bbp_is_forum_archive() ) {
      $retval = bbp_current_user_can_publish_topics();

   return $retval;

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