add_menu_page( string $page_title, string $menu_title, string $capability, string $menu_slug, callable $callback = , string $icon_url = , int|float $position = null ): string

Adds a top-level menu page.


This function takes a capability which will be used to determine whether or not a page is included in the menu.

The function which is hooked in to handle the output of the page must check that the user has the required capability as well.


The text to be displayed in the title tags of the page when the menu is selected.
The text to be used for the menu.
The capability required for this menu to be displayed to the user.
The slug name to refer to this menu by. Should be unique for this menu page and only include lowercase alphanumeric, dashes, and underscores characters to be compatible with sanitize_key() .
The function to be called to output the content for this page.


The URL to the icon to be used for this menu.
  • Pass a base64-encoded SVG using a data URI, which will be colored to match the color scheme. This should begin with 'data:image/svg+xml;base64,'.
  • Pass the name of a Dashicons helper class to use a font icon, e.g. 'dashicons-chart-pie'.
  • Pass 'none' to leave div.wp-menu-image empty so an icon can be added via CSS.


The position in the menu order this item should appear.



string The resulting page’s hook_suffix.

More Information


  • Important Note: Since WordPress 4.4, you do not need to worry about making the position number unique to avoid conflicts. See trac ticket #23316 for more information.
  • If you’re running into the “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page” error, then you’ve hooked too early. The hook you should use is admin_menu.
  • If you only want to move existing admin menu items to different positions, you can use the admin_menu hook to unset menu items from their current positions in the global $menu and $submenu variables (which are arrays), and reset them elsewhere in the array.
  • This function takes a ‘capability’ (see Roles and Capabilities) which will be used to determine whether or not a page is included in the menu. The function which is hooked in to handle the output of the page must check that the user has the required ‘capability’ as well.
  • If you are using the Settings API to save data, and need the user to be other than the administrator, will need to modify the permissions via the hook option_page_capability_{$option_group}, where $option_group is the same as option_group in register_setting() . Check out the Settings API.

Default: bottom of menu structure

  • 2 – Dashboard
  • 4 – Separator
  • 5 – Posts
  • 10 – Media
  • 15 – Links
  • 20 – Pages
  • 25 – Comments
  • 59 – Separator
  • 60 – Appearance
  • 65 – Plugins
  • 70 – Users
  • 75 – Tools
  • 80 – Settings
  • 99 – Separator

For the Network Admin menu, the values are different:

  • 2 – Dashboard
  • 4 – Separator
  • 5 – Sites
  • 10 – Users
  • 15 – Themes
  • 20 – Plugins
  • 25 – Settings
  • 30 – Updates
  • 99 – Separator


function add_menu_page( $page_title, $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $callback = '', $icon_url = '', $position = null ) {
	global $menu, $admin_page_hooks, $_registered_pages, $_parent_pages;

	$menu_slug = plugin_basename( $menu_slug );

	$admin_page_hooks[ $menu_slug ] = sanitize_title( $menu_title );

	$hookname = get_plugin_page_hookname( $menu_slug, '' );

	if ( ! empty( $callback ) && ! empty( $hookname ) && current_user_can( $capability ) ) {
		add_action( $hookname, $callback );

	if ( empty( $icon_url ) ) {
		$icon_url   = 'dashicons-admin-generic';
		$icon_class = 'menu-icon-generic ';
	} else {
		$icon_url   = set_url_scheme( $icon_url );
		$icon_class = '';

	$new_menu = array( $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $page_title, 'menu-top ' . $icon_class . $hookname, $hookname, $icon_url );

	if ( null !== $position && ! is_numeric( $position ) ) {
				/* translators: %s: add_menu_page() */
				__( 'The seventh parameter passed to %s should be numeric representing menu position.' ),
		$position = null;

	if ( null === $position || ! is_numeric( $position ) ) {
		$menu[] = $new_menu;
	} elseif ( isset( $menu[ (string) $position ] ) ) {
		$collision_avoider = base_convert( substr( md5( $menu_slug . $menu_title ), -4 ), 16, 10 ) * 0.00001;
		$position          = (string) ( $position + $collision_avoider );
		$menu[ $position ] = $new_menu;
	} else {
		 * Cast menu position to a string.
		 * This allows for floats to be passed as the position. PHP will normally cast a float to an
		 * integer value, this ensures the float retains its mantissa (positive fractional part).
		 * A string containing an integer value, eg "10", is treated as a numeric index.
		$position          = (string) $position;
		$menu[ $position ] = $new_menu;

	$_registered_pages[ $hookname ] = true;

	// No parent as top level.
	$_parent_pages[ $menu_slug ] = false;

	return $hookname;



User Contributed Notes

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    Add a custom menu item to the WordPress admin menu, for a user with administrator capability:

    Method 1:

     * Register a custom menu page.
    function wpdocs_register_my_custom_menu_page() {
    		__( 'Custom Menu Title', 'textdomain' ),
    		'custom menu',
    		plugins_url( 'myplugin/images/icon.png' ),
    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpdocs_register_my_custom_menu_page' );

    With this method the page-generating code should be located in myplugin/myplugin-admin.php:

    <?php esc_html_e( 'Admin Page Test', 'textdomain' ); ?>

    Method 2:

     * Register a custom menu page.
    function wpdocs_register_my_custom_menu_page(){
    		__( 'Custom Menu Title', 'textdomain' ),
    		'custom menu',
    		plugins_url( 'myplugin/images/icon.png' ),
    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpdocs_register_my_custom_menu_page' );
     * Display a custom menu page
    function my_custom_menu_page(){
    	esc_html_e( 'Admin Page Test', 'textdomain' );	
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    If you pass a base64-encoded SVG using a data URI, it will only be colored to match the color scheme IF it has a fill style attribute. The process is done by wp-admin/js/svg-painter.js.

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    To add a top-level menu item which resolves to a sub-menu item, the menu slugs of each add_menu_page and add_submenu_page calls need to match. This is useful for when you need the top-level menu item label to be different to the first sub-level item. Otherwise the top-level item label is repeated as the first sub-level item.

    Minimal example –

    $menu_slug = 'wpdocs-orders-slug';
    add_menu_page( 'WP Docs Orders', 'WP Docs Orders', 'read', $menu_slug, false );
    add_submenu_page( $menu_slug, 'Existing WP Docs Orders', 'Existing WP Docs Orders', 'read', $menu_slug, 'wpdocs_orders_function' );

    In this example; when the ‘WP Docs Orders’ top-level item is selected, it will trigger the submenu item.

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    Adding custom SVG icons.

    I wrestled with this a bit and wanted to add in some notes when using the $icon_url parameter. From my experience and from looking on forums, using your custom icon isn’t as easy as just creating your SVG and encoding it. Here’s the step by step process to add custom SVG icon to the admin menu:

    1. First, get or create your SVG icon in any way you want.
    2. Next, clean up the SVG file and format it correctly
    3. Then base64 encode the file
    4. Prefix the base64 string with 'data:image/svg+xml;base64,'
    5. …and that will give you a valid $icon_url string.

    So let me expand on those steps.

    Step 1

    You can create your SVG graphic in any way you want as far as I can see. I created mine in Adobe Illustrator, but anything like Inkscape, Corel draw, even hardcoding it is ok.

    Step 2

    The painful part is cleaning up your SVG. After a lot of testing and experimenting I found that the cleaner the SVG is, the more likely it is to work. Basically, a lot of graphics programs will add in metadata and other fluff to make the SVG more widely compatible. That’s great 99% of the time, but when using it for a wordpress menu icon, it just breaks it.

    This is an example of an SVG exported normally from Adobe Illustrator:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><svg xmlns="; viewBox="0 0 
    15.7 16"><defs><style>.d{fill:#070707;}</style></defs><g id="a"/><g id="b"><g id="c"><path
     class="d" d="M15.4,6.5H7.9v3h4.4c-.4,2.1-2.3,3.5-4.4,3.4-2.6-.1-4.6-2.1-4.7-4.7-.1-2.7,2-5
    7.7-3.2,7.7-7.8c-.1-.6-.1-1.1-.3-1.7Z"/><path class="d" d="M15.4,6.5H7.9v3h4.4c-.4,2.1-2.3,

    Messy, very messy. Even when we add some line breaks and indent it, there’s a lot going on.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <svg xmlns="; viewBox="0 0 15.7 16">
    	<g id="a"/>
    	<g id="b">
    		<g id="c">
    			<path class="d" d="M15.4,6.5H7.9v3h4.4c-.4,2.1-2.3,3.5-4.4,3.4-2.6-.1-4.6-2.1-4.7-4.7-.1-2.7,2-5,4.7-5.1,1.1,0,2.2,.4,3.1,1.2l2.3-2.2c-1.4-1.4-3.4-2.1-5.3-2.1C3.6,0,0,3.6,0,8s3.6,8,8,8,7.7-3.2,7.7-7.8c-.1-.6-.1-1.1-.3-1.7Z"/>
    			<path class="d" d="M15.4,6.5H7.9v3h4.4c-.4,2.1-2.3,3.5-4.4,3.4-2.6-.1-4.6-2.1-4.7-4.7-.1-2.7,2-5,4.7-5.1,1.1,0,2.2,.4,3.1,1.2l2.3-2.2c-1.4-1.4-3.4-2.1-5.3-2.1C3.6,0,0,3.6,0,8s3.6,8,8,8,7.7-3.2,7.7-7.8c-.1-.6-.1-1.1-.3-1.7Z"/>

    So what we want to do is clean this up a lot and get rid of unnecessary data. You may find that the above will load if you add it as an image source but it won’t color properly with the GUI and it will probably be the wrong size. So there’s a few things we need to do:

    • Remove the <?xml tag, this won’t help
    • Then you will have to hardcode each style into the path, rather than using the tag. For each path, work out which classes apply to the path from the tag, and add the CSS from those classes into the path.
    • Once that’s done, you can remove the defs element completely.
    • You can also remove the elements and leave the elements at the root of the SVG.
    • To ensure your SVG is colored in line with the GUI, you will need to add fill="black" to each path.
    • And then, to ensure your SVG is the right width and height, add width="20" height="20" into the opening element

    Once that’s done, you’ll end up with an SVG file that looks more like this:

    <svg width="20" height="20" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns=""&gt;
    	<path fill="black" d="M17.6 8.5h-7.5v3h4.4c-.4 2.1-2.3 3.5-4.4 3.4-2.6-.1-4.6-2.1-4.7-4.7-.1-2.7 2-5 4.7-5.1 1.1 0 2.2.4 3.1 1.2l2.3-2.2C14.1 2.7 12.1 2 10.2 2c-4.4 0-8 3.6-8 8s3.6 8 8 8c4.6 0 7.7-3.2 7.7-7.8-.1-.6-.1-1.1-.3-1.7z" fillrule="evenodd" cliprule="evenodd">

    Step 3

    Now you want to base64 encode your SVG. The way I did it was to pass the file into PHP’s default encoding mechanism, and copy the path into my PHP as an absolute path. You don’t want PHP to read the SVG file, base64 encode it, and pass it to the menu every time the user reloads the page, that’s just a waste of resources and time.

    // load the SVG data by loading the file or including the XML directly.
    $svg = file_get_contents( '/path/to/icon.svg' );
    // or
    $svg = '<svg width="20" height="20" viewBox="0 0 20 20" xmlns=""><path fill="black" d="M17.6 8.5h-7.5v3h4.4c-.4 2.1-2.3 3.5-4.4 3.4-2.6-.1-4.6-2.1-4.7-4.7-.1-2.7 2-5 4.7-5.1 1.1 0 2.2.4 3.1 1.2l2.3-2.2C14.1 2.7 12.1 2 10.2 2c-4.4 0-8 3.6-8 8s3.6 8 8 8c4.6 0 7.7-3.2 7.7-7.8-.1-.6-.1-1.1-.3-1.7z" fillrule="evenodd" cliprule="evenodd"></path></svg>';
    // then encode it and echo it out
    echo base64_encode( $svg );
    // will give you a long string that looks like this:
    // PHN2ZyB3aWR0aD0iMjAiIGhlaWdodD0iMjAiIHZpZXdib3g9IjAgMCAyMCAyMCIgeG1sbnM9Imh0dHA6Ly93d3cudzMub3JnLzIwMDAvc3ZnIj48cGF0aCBmaWxsPSIjYTdhYWFkIiBkPSJNMTcuNiA4LjVoLTcuNXYzaDQuNGMtLjQgMi4xLTIuMyAzLjUtNC40IDMuNC0yLjYtLjEtNC42LTIuMS00LjctNC43LS4xLTIuNyAyLTUgNC43LTUuMSAxLjEgMCAyLjIuNCAzLjEgMS4ybDIuMy0yLjJDMTQuMSAyLjcgMTIuMSAyIDEwLjIgMmMtNC40IDAtOCAzLjYtOCA4czMuNiA4IDggOGM0LjYgMCA3LjctMy4yIDcuNy03LjgtLjEtLjYtLjEtMS4xLS4zLTEuN3oiIGZpbGxydWxlPSJldmVub2RkIiBjbGlwcnVsZT0iZXZlbm9kZCI+PC9wYXRoPjwvc3ZnPg==
    // thats your base64 encoded SVG file! 

    Step 4

    Add ‘data:image/svg+xml;’ in front of the base64 SVG so it looks like this:


    and that there, sir, is a perfectly valid $icon_url string. I would hard code that string to a variable and simply add it into your plugin every time.

    add_menu_page( __( 'WPDocs Plugin page name' ), __( 'WPDocs Plugin' ), 'manage_options', 'slug', 'callback','data:image/svg+xml;base64,PHN2ZyB3aWR0aD0iMjAiIGhlaWdodD0iMjAiIHZpZXdib3g9IjAgMCAyMCAyMCIgeG1sbnM9Imh0dHA6Ly93d3cudzMub3JnLzIwMDAvc3ZnIj48cGF0aCBmaWxsPSIjYTdhYWFkIiBkPSJNMTcuNiA4LjVoLTcuNXYzaDQuNGMtLjQgMi4xLTIuMyAzLjUtNC40IDMuNC0yLjYtLjEtNC42LTIuMS00LjctNC43LS4xLTIuNyAyLTUgNC43LTUuMSAxLjEgMCAyLjIuNCAzLjEgMS4ybDIuMy0yLjJDMTQuMSAyLjcgMTIuMSAyIDEwLjIgMmMtNC40IDAtOCAzLjYtOCA4czMuNiA4IDggOGM0LjYgMCA3LjctMy4yIDcuNy03LjgtLjEtLjYtLjEtMS4xLS4zLTEuN3oiIGZpbGxydWxlPSJldmVub2RkIiBjbGlwcnVsZT0iZXZlbm9kZCI+PC9wYXRoPjwvc3ZnPg==' );

    I hope that helps someone else, because that would have saved me several hours this morning!

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    Add Menu Pages with Dashicons. More dashicons check here

    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'register_my_custom_menu_page' );
    function register_my_custom_menu_page() {
      // add_menu_page( $page_title, $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $function, $icon_url, $position );
      add_menu_page( 'Custom Menu Page Title', 'Custom Menu Page', 'manage_options', 'custom.php', '', 'dashicons-welcome-widgets-menus', 90 );
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     * Create admin Page to list unsubscribed emails.
     // Hook for adding admin menus
     add_action('admin_menu', 'wpdocs_unsub_add_pages');
     // action function for above hook
     * Adds a new top-level page to the administration menu.
    function wpdocs_unsub_add_pages() {
    	 	__( 'Unsub List', 'textdomain' ),
    		__( 'Unsub Emails','textdomain' ),
     * Disply callback for the Unsub page.
     function wpdocs_unsub_page_callback() {
         echo 'Unsubscribe Email List';
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    A better example to peskyesky.

    object oriented example.

    create includes/layout.php

    class WPDocs_EB_EbtechModules {
        public static function init() {
            add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', array( __CLASS__, 'adminAssets' ) );
            add_action( 'admin_menu', array( __CLASS__, 'adminMenu' ) );
        public static function adminMenu() {
                __( 'WPDocs Ebtech Menu', 'wpdocs-webnail-modules' ),
                __( 'WPDocs Ebtech modules', 'wpdocs-webnail-modules' ),
                array( __CLASS__, 'menuPage' ),
        public static function menuPage() {
            if ( is_file( plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . 'includes/layout.php' ) ) {
                include_once plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . 'includes/layout.php';
        public static function getSettings() {
            return get_option( 'wpdocs_ebtech_modules_option' );
        public static function adminAssets() {
            if ( isset( $_GET['page'] ) && ! empty( $_GET['page'] ) && 'wpdocs-ebtech-modules' === $_GET['page'] ) {
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    The callback function used to display the contents of the page isn’t necessarily required to check current user’s capabilities, since the callback is not even hooked in if the user doesn’t have the right capabilities.

    If you try to directly access a page for which you don’t have required capabilities, you’ll get an error page.

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    Quick example on how to add a menu entry with an icon.

    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpdocs_add_artist_menu' );
    function wpdocs_add_artist_menu(): void {
            'data:image/svg+xml;base64,' . base64_encode(
                'svg goes here, unfortunately I can't paste one because it is automatically removed'
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    // For those who are object orientated. Add a class 
    // function as the menu callback and setup the 
    // menus automatically. 
    // Exit if accessed directly
    if ( !defined( 'ABSPATH' ) ) exit;
    class MyMenuSetterUpper {
        private static $instance;
         * Main Instance
         * @staticvar 	array 	$instance
         * @return 		The one true instance
        public static function instance() {
             if ( ! isset( self::$instance ) ) {
                 self::$instance = new self;
            return self::$instance;
        public function addMyAdminMenu() {
                'My Page Title',
                'My Page',
        public function myAdminPage() {
             // Echo the html here...
    // Call the class and add the menus automatically. 
    $MyMenuSetterUpper = MyMenuSetterUpper::instance();

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