remove_filter()WP 1.2.0

Removes a function from a specified filter hook.

This function can be used to remove default functions attached to a specific filter hook and possibly replace them with a substitute or to remove hooks that are added by plugins but interfere (conflict) with current code.

IMPORTANT: When removing a hook, the priority ($priority) must match the one that was set when the hook was created. If it does not match, you will not see any warnings about this - the function will simply return false.

  • It's impossible to remove a filter before it has been added!
  • If you want to delete a hook that was created inside a class, then you need to pass this instance of the class from which the hook was created.
Used By: remove_action()
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No Hooks.


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


remove_filter( $hook_name, $callback, $priority );
$hook_name(string) (required)
The filter hook to which the function to be removed is hooked.
$callback(callable|string|array) (required)
The callback to be removed from running when the filter is applied. This function can be called unconditionally to speculatively remove a callback that may or may not exist.
The exact priority used when adding the original filter callback.
Default: 10



#1 Remove a filter wpautop from hook the_content

remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );

#2 Remove a filter capital_P_dangit from hooks 'the_content', 'the_title', 'comment_text'

foreach ( array( 'the_content', 'the_title', 'comment_text' ) as $hook ) {
	remove_filter( $hook, 'capital_P_dangit' );

#3 Remove a filter added from PHP class

If a filter has been added from within a class, removing it will require accessing the class variable:

global $my_class;
remove_filter( 'the_content', array( $my_class, 'class_filter_function') );

To get a better grasp of removing hooks that use class method, see the description of remove_action()


#4 More Examples

See examples of remove_action().


  • Global. WP_Hook[]. $wp_filter Stores all of the filters and actions.


Since 1.2.0 Introduced.

remove_filter() code WP 6.4.1

function remove_filter( $hook_name, $callback, $priority = 10 ) {
	global $wp_filter;

	$r = false;

	if ( isset( $wp_filter[ $hook_name ] ) ) {
		$r = $wp_filter[ $hook_name ]->remove_filter( $hook_name, $callback, $priority );

		if ( ! $wp_filter[ $hook_name ]->callbacks ) {
			unset( $wp_filter[ $hook_name ] );

	return $r;