register_setting( string $option_group, string $option_name, array $args = array() )

Register a setting and its data.


Description Description


Parameters Parameters

$option_group

(string) (Required) A settings group name. Should correspond to a whitelisted option key name. Default whitelisted option key names include "general," "discussion," and "reading," among others.

$option_name

(string) (Required) The name of an option to sanitize and save.

$args

(array) (Optional) Data used to describe the setting when registered.

  • 'type'
    (string) The type of data associated with this setting. Valid values are 'string', 'boolean', 'integer', and 'number'.
  • 'description'
    (string) A description of the data attached to this setting.
  • 'sanitize_callback'
    (callable) A callback function that sanitizes the option's value.
  • 'show_in_rest'
    (bool) Whether data associated with this setting should be included in the REST API.
  • 'default'
    (mixed) Default value when calling get_option().

Default value: array()


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Source Source

File: wp-includes/option.php

function register_setting( $option_group, $option_name, $args = array() ) {
	global $new_whitelist_options, $wp_registered_settings;

	$defaults = array(
		'type'              => 'string',
		'group'             => $option_group,
		'description'       => '',
		'sanitize_callback' => null,
		'show_in_rest'      => false,
	);

	// Back-compat: old sanitize callback is added.
	if ( is_callable( $args ) ) {
		$args = array(
			'sanitize_callback' => $args,
		);
	}

	/**
	 * Filters the registration arguments when registering a setting.
	 *
	 * @since 4.7.0
	 *
	 * @param array  $args         Array of setting registration arguments.
	 * @param array  $defaults     Array of default arguments.
	 * @param string $option_group Setting group.
	 * @param string $option_name  Setting name.
	 */
	$args = apply_filters( 'register_setting_args', $args, $defaults, $option_group, $option_name );
	$args = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );

	if ( ! is_array( $wp_registered_settings ) ) {
		$wp_registered_settings = array();
	}

	if ( 'misc' == $option_group ) {
		_deprecated_argument( __FUNCTION__, '3.0.0',
			/* translators: %s: misc */
			sprintf( __( 'The "%s" options group has been removed. Use another settings group.' ),
				'misc'
			)
		);
		$option_group = 'general';
	}

	if ( 'privacy' == $option_group ) {
		_deprecated_argument( __FUNCTION__, '3.5.0',
			/* translators: %s: privacy */
			sprintf( __( 'The "%s" options group has been removed. Use another settings group.' ),
				'privacy'
			)
		);
		$option_group = 'reading';
	}

	$new_whitelist_options[ $option_group ][] = $option_name;
	if ( ! empty( $args['sanitize_callback'] ) ) {
		add_filter( "sanitize_option_{$option_name}", $args['sanitize_callback'] );
	}
	if ( array_key_exists( 'default', $args ) ) {
		add_filter( "default_option_{$option_name}", 'filter_default_option', 10, 3 );
	}

	$wp_registered_settings[ $option_name ] = $args;
}

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Changelog
Version Description
4.7.0 $args can be passed to set flags on the setting, similar to register_meta().
2.7.0 Introduced.


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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

  1. Skip to note content
    Contributed by Farhan Noor
    /**
    * Registers a text field setting for Wordpress 4.7 and higher.
    **/
    function register_my_setting() {
    	$args = array(
    			'type' => 'string', 
    			'sanitize_callback' => 'sanitize_text_field',
    			'default' => NULL,
    			);
        register_setting( 'my_options_group', 'my_option_name', $args ); 
    } 
    add_action( 'admin_init', 'register_my_setting' );
    
  2. Skip to note content
    Contributed by Andy Schmidt

    The sanitize callback will be launched twice! Therefore, if sanitizing involves any performance critical or singular tasks, then measures must be taken in the callback to avoid duplicate execution of those portions.

    const	PLUGIN_SLUG =	'MyPlugin';
    
    /*
     *	Setup Plug-In Hooks (Namespaced Example)
     */
    \add_action( 'wp_loaded', __NAMESPACE__.'\on_wp_loaded' );
    
    if ( is_blog_admin() ) {
    	\register_activation_hook( __FILE__,  __NAMESPACE__.'\on_activate' );
    	\register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__,  __NAMESPACE__.'\on_deactivate' );
    	
    	\add_action( 'admin_menu', __NAMESPACE__.'\on_admin_menu' );
    	\add_action( 'admin_init', __NAMESPACE__.'\on_admin_init' );
    	\add_filter( 'plugin_action_links_' . plugin_basename( __FILE__ ), __NAMESPACE__.'\action_links' );
    }
    return;
    
    /*
     *	Add custom options to whitelist, allowing valiated settings to be saved by form.
     */
    function on_admin_init(): void 
    {
    	\register_setting( PLUGIN_SLUG, PLUGIN_SLUG, [ 'sanitize_callback' => __NAMESPACE__.'\sanitize_settings' ] ); 
    }
    
    /*
     *	Sanitize the form input.
     */
    function sanitize_settings( $input = NULL ):  
    {
    	// Detect multiple sanitizing passes.
    	// Accomodates bug: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/21989
    	static $pass_count = 0; $pass_count++;
    
    	if ( $pass_count <= 1 ) {
    		// Handle any single-time / performane sensitive actions.
    
    	}
    
    	// Insert regular santizing code here.
    }

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