do_action( “{$new_status}_{$post->post_type}”, int $post_id, WP_Post $post, string $old_status )

Fires when a post is transitioned from one status to another.


The dynamic portions of the hook name, $new_status and $post->post_type, refer to the new post status and post type, respectively.

Possible hook names include:

  • draft_post
  • future_post
  • pending_post
  • private_post
  • publish_post
  • trash_post
  • draft_page
  • future_page
  • pending_page
  • private_page
  • publish_page
  • trash_page
  • publish_attachment
  • trash_attachment

Please note: When this action is hooked using a particular post status (like ‘publish’, as publish_{$post->post_type}), it will fire both when a post is first transitioned to that status from something else, as well as upon subsequent post updates (old and new status are both the same).

Therefore, if you are looking to only fire a callback when a post is first transitioned to a status, use the ‘transition_post_status’ hook instead.


Post ID.
Post object.
Old post status.


do_action( "{$new_status}_{$post->post_type}", $post->ID, $post, $old_status );


5.9.0Added $old_status parameter.

User Contributed Notes

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    Example Migrated from Codex:

    The example below will send an email via wp_mail() to the post author when their article is published.

    function post_published_notification( $post_id, $post ) {
        $author = $post->post_author; /* Post author ID. */
        $name = get_the_author_meta( 'display_name', $author );
        $email = get_the_author_meta( 'user_email', $author );
        $title = $post->post_title;
        $permalink = get_permalink( $post_id );
        $edit = get_edit_post_link( $post_id, '' );
        $to[] = sprintf( '%s <%s>', $name, $email );
        $subject = sprintf( 'Published: %s', $title );
        $message = sprintf ('Congratulations, %s! Your article "%s" has been published.' . "\n\n", $name, $title );
        $message .= sprintf( 'View: %s', $permalink );
        $headers[] = '';
        wp_mail( $to, $subject, $message, $headers );
    add_action( 'publish_post', 'post_published_notification', 10, 2 );
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    add_action('publish_post', 'send_notification');
    function send_notification($id, $post_obj){
    	//Assemble the message
    	$msg = 'Hi, a new post has been published. Here is the content:';
    	$msg .= $post_obj-&gt;post_content;
    	//Send the notification
    	wp_mail('', $post_obj-&gt;post_title, $msg);
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    This WP hook helps you receive a slack notification every time a user saves a new post on your site. It uses your Slack webhook, username, and channel. It makes use of the PHP Slack library which can be downloaded via Composer to your themes directory.

    function wpdocs_notify_my_slack( $post_id, $post ) {
    	require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';
    	$slack_hook = '';
    	$slack_message = 'New Post alert | %3$s: %2$s - %1$s';
    	$slack_message = sprintf( $slack_message, get_permalink( $post_id ), $post->post_title, $post->post_date );
    	$settings = [
    		'username' => 'Chigozie Orunta',
    		'channel'  => '#blog',
    	$client = new MaknzSlackClient( $slack_hook, $settings );
    	$client->send( $slack_message );
    add_action( 'publish_post', 'wpdocs_notify_my_slack', 10, 2 );
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    This example helps you log a published post to a text file in your (child) theme.

    add_action( 'publish_post', 'wpdocs_log_published_post' );
    function wpdocs_log_published_post( $post_id ) {
        $log_file = trailingslashit( get_stylesheet_directory() ) . apply_filters( 'wpdocs_published_log_file', 'log.txt' );
        if ( ! file_exists( $log_file ) ) {
        $file = fopen( $log_file, 'a' );
        if ( false === $file ) {
        $message = sprintf( '%s (%d) was just saved.', get_the_title( $post_id ), $post_id );
        fwrite( $log_file, $message . PHP_EOL );

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