_wp_sanitize_utf8_in_redirect()WP 4.2.0

URL encode UTF-8 characters in a URL.

This is a pluggable function, and it can be replaced by a plugin. It means that this function is defined (works) only after all plugins are loaded (included), but before this moment this function has not defined. Therefore, you cannot call this and all functions depended on this function directly from a plugin code. They need to be called on plugins_loaded hook or later, for example on init hook.

Function replacement (override) — in a plugin you can create a function with the same name, then it replace this function.

No Hooks.


String. URL-encoded version of the first RegEx match.


_wp_sanitize_utf8_in_redirect( $matches );
$matches(array) (required)
RegEx matches against the redirect location.



Since 4.2.0 Introduced.

Code of _wp_sanitize_utf8_in_redirect() WP 6.0

function _wp_sanitize_utf8_in_redirect( $matches ) {
	return urlencode( $matches[0] );