paginate_comments_links( string|array $args = array() )

Displays or retrieves pagination links for the comments on the current post.


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See also

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(string|array) (Optional) args. See paginate_links().

Default value: array()

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(void|string|array) Void if 'echo' argument is true and 'type' is not an array, or if the query is not for an existing single post of any post type. Otherwise, markup for comment page links or array of comment page links, depending on 'type' argument.

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$args = array(
'base' => add_query_arg( 'cpage', '%#%' ),
'format' => '',
'total' => $max_page,
'current' => $page,
'echo' => true,
'add_fragment' => '#comments'

Arguments passed in are merged to the defaults, via wp_parse_args().
These arguments are mostly to make the call of paginate_links() work, so be careful if you change them.

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File: wp-includes/link-template.php

function paginate_comments_links( $args = array() ) {
	global $wp_rewrite;

	if ( ! is_singular() ) {

	$page = get_query_var( 'cpage' );
	if ( ! $page ) {
		$page = 1;
	$max_page = get_comment_pages_count();
	$defaults = array(
		'base'         => add_query_arg( 'cpage', '%#%' ),
		'format'       => '',
		'total'        => $max_page,
		'current'      => $page,
		'echo'         => true,
		'type'         => 'plain',
		'add_fragment' => '#comments',
	if ( $wp_rewrite->using_permalinks() ) {
		$defaults['base'] = user_trailingslashit( trailingslashit( get_permalink() ) . $wp_rewrite->comments_pagination_base . '-%#%', 'commentpaged' );

	$args       = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );
	$page_links = paginate_links( $args );

	if ( $args['echo'] && 'array' !== $args['type'] ) {
		echo $page_links;
	} else {
		return $page_links;

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Version Description
2.7.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Codex

    Enhanced Comment Display

    WordPress makes comments.php files simple to write and edit. It’s simple to easily break comments into pages so that you don’t end up with hundreds of comments all loading on every pageview.

    You will need to set up the options in SETTINGS > DISCUSSION for paging to work.

    The easiest way to do so is with the following function, which prints out a link to the next and previous comment pages, as well as a numbered list of all the comment pages.

    paginate_comments_links( $args );

    It accepts an array or query-style list of arguments similar to get_posts() or get_terms().

    If you want more control, you can also use the simpler next and previous functions:

    next_comments_link( $label = "", $max_page = 0 );


    previous_comments_link( $label = "" );
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    Contributed by Codex

    Custom Prev-/Next-links

    To modify the Prev- and Next-links, you can use the options ‘prev_text’ and ‘next_text’. These are provided by the function paginate_links().

    paginate_comments_links( array(
    	'prev_text'  => 'back',
    	'next_text' => 'forward'
    ) );

    Note: If you want to use HTML entities in your ‘prev_text’ or ‘next_text’, you will have to use the array-based syntax.

    paginate_comments_links( array(
    	'prev_text' => '«',
    	'next_text' => '»'
    ) )

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