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rest_ensure_response() WP 4.4.0

Ensures a REST response is a response object (for consistency).

This implements WP_HTTP_Response, allowing usage of set_status/header/etc without needing to double-check the object. Will also allow WP_Error to indicate error responses, so users should immediately check for this value.

No Hooks.


WP_REST_Response/Mixed. If response generated an error, WP_Error, if response is already an instance, WP_HTTP_Response, otherwise returns a new WP_REST_Response instance.


rest_ensure_response( $response );
$response(WP_Error/WP_HTTP_Response/mixed) (required)
Response to check.

Code of rest ensure response: wp-includes/rest-api.php VER 5.1.1

function rest_ensure_response( $response ) {
	if ( is_wp_error( $response ) ) {
		return $response;

	if ( $response instanceof WP_HTTP_Response ) {
		return $response;

	return new WP_REST_Response( $response );