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remove_filter() WP 1.0

Removes a function from a specified filter hook.

This function removes a function attached to a specified filter hook. This method can be used to remove default functions attached to a specific filter hook and possibly replace them with a substitute.

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.

  • Global. Array. $wp_filter Stores all of the filters
Is the basis for: remove_action()
✈ 1 time = 0.s = speed of light | 50000 times = 0.06s = speed of light

No Hooks.


true/false. Whether the function existed before it was removed.


remove_filter( $tag, $function_to_remove, $priority );
$tag(string) (required)
The filter hook to which the function to be removed is hooked.
$function_to_remove(callable) (required)
The name of the function which should be removed.
The priority of the function.
Default: 10

Code of remove filter: wp-includes/plugin.php VER 5.0.3

function remove_filter( $tag, $function_to_remove, $priority = 10 ) {
	global $wp_filter;

	$r = false;
	if ( isset( $wp_filter[ $tag ] ) ) {
		$r = $wp_filter[ $tag ]->remove_filter( $tag, $function_to_remove, $priority );
		if ( ! $wp_filter[ $tag ]->callbacks ) {
			unset( $wp_filter[ $tag ] );

	return $r;

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