apply_filters( ‘get_avatar_url’, string $url, mixed $id_or_email, array $args )

Filters the avatar URL.


The URL of the avatar.
The avatar to retrieve. Accepts a user ID, Gravatar MD5 hash, user email, WP_User object, WP_Post object, or WP_Comment object.
Arguments passed to get_avatar_data() , after processing.
More Arguments from get_avatar_data( … $args )Arguments to use instead of the default arguments.
  • size int
    Height and width of the avatar in pixels. Default 96.
  • height int
    Display height of the avatar in pixels. Defaults to $size.
  • width int
    Display width of the avatar in pixels. Defaults to $size.
  • default string
    URL for the default image or a default type. Accepts:
    • '404' (return a 404 instead of a default image)
    • 'retro' (a 8-bit arcade-style pixelated face)
    • 'robohash' (a robot)
    • 'monsterid' (a monster)
    • 'wavatar' (a cartoon face)
    • 'identicon' (the "quilt", a geometric pattern)
    • 'mystery', 'mm', or 'mysteryman' (The Oyster Man)
    • 'blank' (transparent GIF)
    • 'gravatar_default' (the Gravatar logo) Default is the value of the 'avatar_default' option, with a fallback of 'mystery'.
  • force_default bool
    Whether to always show the default image, never the Gravatar.
    Default false.
  • rating string
    What rating to display avatars up to. Accepts:
    • 'G' (suitable for all audiences)
    • 'PG' (possibly offensive, usually for audiences 13 and above)
    • 'R' (intended for adult audiences above 17)
    • 'X' (even more mature than above) Default is the value of the 'avatar_rating' option.
  • scheme string
    URL scheme to use. See set_url_scheme() for accepted values.
  • processed_args array
    When the function returns, the value will be the processed/sanitized $args plus a "found_avatar" guess. Pass as a reference.
  • extra_attr string
    HTML attributes to insert in the IMG element. Is not sanitized.
    Default empty.


$args['url'] = apply_filters( 'get_avatar_url', $url, $id_or_email, $args );



User Contributed Notes

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    Below is a basic example to return the avatar as a placeholder image.

    function wdoc_filter_get_avatar_url( $url, $id_or_email, $args ) {
    	$url = get_template_directory_uri() . '/author.jpg';
    	return $url;
    add_filter( 'get_avatar_url', 'wdoc_filter_get_avatar_url', 10, 3 );

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