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Function Reference/remove action


This function is an alias to remove_filter().

This function removes a function attached to a specified action hook. This method can be used to remove default functions attached to a specific action hook and possibly replace them with a substitute. See also remove_filter(), add_action() and add_filter().

Important: To remove a hook, the $function_to_remove and $priority arguments must match when the hook was added. This goes for both filters and actions. No warning will be given on removal failure.


<?php remove_action$tag$function_to_remove$priority ); ?>


(string) (required) The action hook to which the function to be removed is hooked.
Default: None
(callable) (required) The name of the function which should be removed.
Default: None
(int) (optional) The priority of the function (as defined when the function was originally hooked).
Default: 10


Whether the function is removed.
  • True - The function was successfully removed.
  • False - The function could not be removed.


This function is identical to the remove_filter() function.  <?php remove_action$tag$function_to_remove$priority ); ?> 

If an action has been added from within a class, for example by a plugin, removing it will require accessing the class variable.

global $my_class;
remove_action( 'the_content', array( $my_class, 'class_filter_function' ) );

It is also worth noting that you may need to prioritise the removal of the action to a hook that occurs after the action is added. You cannot successfully remove the action before it has been added.


Change Log

Since: 1.2.0

Source File

remove_action() is located in wp-includes/plugin.php.


Actions: has_action(), add_action(), do_action(), do_action_ref_array(), did_action(), remove_action(), remove_all_actions()

External Resources

See also index of Function Reference and index of Template Tags.