Warning: This function has been deprecated. Use wp_signon() instead.

wp_login( string $username, string $password, string $deprecated = '' ): bool

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.

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See also

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$username string Required
User's username
$password string Required
User's password
$deprecated string Optional
Not used

Default: ''

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bool True on successful check, false on login failure.

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File: wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php. View all references

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;

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Version Description
2.5.0 Use wp_signon()
1.2.2 Introduced.

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