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Function Reference/do action


Execute functions hooked on a specific action hook.

This function invokes all functions attached to action hook $tag. It is possible to create new action hooks by simply calling this function, specifying the name of the new hook using the $tag parameter. You can pass extra arguments to the hooks, much like you can with apply_filters(). This function works similar to apply_filters() with the exception that nothing is returned and only the functions or methods are called.

You can hook a function to an action hook using add_action().


 <?php do_action$tag$arg ); ?> 

Multiple Arguments:  <?php do_action$tag$arg_a$arg_b$etc ); ?> 


(string) (required) The name of the hook you wish to execute.
Default: None
(mixed) (optional) The list of arguments to send to this hook.
Default: Empty string

Return Values

This function does not return a value.


# ======= Somewhere in a (mu-)plugin, theme or the core ======= #

 * You can have as many arguments as you want,
 * but your callback function and the add_action call need to agree in number of arguments.
 * Note: `add_action` above has 2 and 'i_am_hook' accepts 2. 
 * You will find action hooks like these in a lot of themes & plugins and in many place @core
 * @see: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference

# ======= e.g., inside your functions.php file ======= #

 * Define callback function
 * Inside this function you can do whatever you can imagine
 * with the variables that are loaded in the do_action() call above.
function who_is_hook( $a, $b )
	echo '<code>';
		print_r( $a ); // `print_r` the array data inside the 1st argument
	echo '</code>';

	echo '<br />'.$b; // echo linebreak and value of 2nd argument

// then add it to the action hook, matching the defined number (2) of arguments in do_action
// see [http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/add_action] in the Codex 

// add_action( $tag, $function_to_add, $priority, $accepted_args );
add_action( 'i_am_hook', 'who_is_hook', 10, 2 );

// Define the arguments for the action hook
$a = array(
	 'eye patch' => 'yes'
	,'parrot' => true
	,'wooden leg' => (int) 1
$b = 'And Hook said: "I ate ice cream with Peter Pan."'; 

// Executes the action hook named 'i_am_hook'
do_action( 'i_am_hook', $a, $b );

# ======= output that you see in the browser ======= #

Array ( 
	['eye patch'] => 'yes'
	['parrot'] => true
	['wooden leg'] => 1
And hook said: "I ate ice cream with Peter Pan."


  • Uses: global $wp_filter - Stores all of the filters and actions.
  • Uses: global $wp_actions - Increments the amount of times the action was triggered.

Change Log

Since: 1.2.0

Source File

do_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()

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