wp_login()WP 1.2.2

Deprecated from version 2.5.0. It is no longer supported and can be removed in future releases. Use wp_signon() instead.

Checks a users login information and logs them in if it checks out. This function is deprecated.

Use the global $error to get the reason why the login failed. If the username is blank, no error will be set, so assume blank username on that case.

Plugins extending this function should also provide the global $error and set what the error is, so that those checking the global for why there was a failure can utilize it later.

No Hooks.


true|false. True on successful check, false on login failure.


wp_login( $username, $password, $deprecated );
$username(string) (required)
User's username
$password(string) (required)
User's password
Not used
Default: ''


  • See: wp_signon()
  • Global. String. $error Error when false is returned


Since 1.2.2 Introduced.
Deprecated since 2.5.0 Use wp_signon()

wp_login() code WP 6.4.3

function wp_login($username, $password, $deprecated = '') {
	_deprecated_function( __FUNCTION__, '2.5.0', 'wp_signon()' );
	global $error;

	$user = wp_authenticate($username, $password);

	if ( ! is_wp_error($user) )
		return true;

	$error = $user->get_error_message();
	return false;