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Plugin API/Filter Reference/get (meta type) metadata


This filter is applied before a metadata is returned. For example if a user metadata gets requested the hook would be 'get_user_metadata'.

Return Parameter

The filter must return null if the data should be taken from the database. If it returns anything else, the get_metadata (and therefore the get_user_meta) function will return what the filter returns.


(null) (required) Always null
Default: None
(int) (required) ID of the object metadata is for
Default: None
(string) (required) Metadata key
Default: None
(bool) (required) If true the filter should return the value of the metadata field, if false return an array
Default: None


function myplugin_init() {
	add_filter( 'get_user_metadata', 'myplugin_get_foo', 10, 4 );

function myplugin_get_foo( $null, $object_id, $meta_key, $single ) {

	if ( 'foo' == $meta_key ) {
		// Always return an array with your return value. There is no need to check $single. This logic is handled in wp-includes/meta.php
		return array( 'bar' );

	return null; // Go on with the normal execution in meta.php


add_action( 'init', 'myplugin_init' );

Change Log

Since: 3.1

Source File

The get_(meta_type)_metadata hook is located in wp-includes/meta.php, line 276

See Also