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_wp_get_current_user() WP 4.5.0

Retrieves the current user object.

Will set the current user, if the current user is not set. The current user will be set to the logged-in person. If no user is logged-in, then it will set the current user to 0, which is invalid and won't have any permissions.

This function is used by the pluggable functions wp_get_current_user() and get_currentuserinfo(), the latter of which is deprecated but used for backward compatibility.

This is an internal function for using it by WP core itself. It's not recommended to use this function in your code.

Hooks from the function
Return

WP_User. Current WP_User instance.

Usage

_wp_get_current_user();

Notes

Changelog

Since 4.5.0 Introduced.

Code of _wp_get_current_user() WP 5.8

<?php
function _wp_get_current_user() {
	global $current_user;

	if ( ! empty( $current_user ) ) {
		if ( $current_user instanceof WP_User ) {
			return $current_user;
		}

		// Upgrade stdClass to WP_User.
		if ( is_object( $current_user ) && isset( $current_user->ID ) ) {
			$cur_id       = $current_user->ID;
			$current_user = null;
			wp_set_current_user( $cur_id );
			return $current_user;
		}

		// $current_user has a junk value. Force to WP_User with ID 0.
		$current_user = null;
		wp_set_current_user( 0 );
		return $current_user;
	}

	if ( defined( 'XMLRPC_REQUEST' ) && XMLRPC_REQUEST ) {
		wp_set_current_user( 0 );
		return $current_user;
	}

	/**
	 * Filters the current user.
	 *
	 * The default filters use this to determine the current user from the
	 * request's cookies, if available.
	 *
	 * Returning a value of false will effectively short-circuit setting
	 * the current user.
	 *
	 * @since 3.9.0
	 *
	 * @param int|false $user_id User ID if one has been determined, false otherwise.
	 */
	$user_id = apply_filters( 'determine_current_user', false );
	if ( ! $user_id ) {
		wp_set_current_user( 0 );
		return $current_user;
	}

	wp_set_current_user( $user_id );

	return $current_user;
}