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How to use auto_update_type filter in WordPress

Sandeep Kumar Mishra
Sandeep Kumar Mishra
July 12, 2022
5 minutes read

auto_update_type filter

The dynamic portion of the hook name, $type, refers to the type of update being checked.

To use auto_update_type filter, first you have to register it using add_filter. You can write this code into functions.php of your activated theme or in a custom WordPress Plugin.

We at Flipper Code, always prefer to create a custom WordPress Plugin while using hooks so nothing breaks when you update your WordPress Theme in the future.

In the below live example, we have defined a function modify_auto_update_type_defaults which takes 2 parameters and we registered using add_filter. The first parameter auto_update_type is name of the hook, The second parameter modify_auto_update_type_defaults is name of the function which need to be called, third parameter is the priority of calling the hook if same hook is used multiple times and the last parameter is the number of arguments (if any) to be passed in the registered function.

Sometime, you have to remove a registered hook so you can use remove_filter to remove auto_update_type filter.


    Below are the 2 parameters are required to use this hook.

  • $update : (bool|null) Whether to update. The value of null is internally used to detect whether nothing has hooked into this filter.
  • $item : (object) The update offer.

Live Example

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_false' );

Below is an example how you can use this hook.

                        function modify_auto_update_type_defaults($update, $item) { 
                            // Update the $update variable according to your website requirements and return this variable. You can modify the $update variable conditionally too if you want.

                            return $update; 
                        // add the filter
                        add_filter( "auto_update_type", "modify_auto_update_type_defaults", 10, 2 );

To remove a hook callback, use the example below.

remove_filter( "auto_update_type", "modify_auto_update_type_defaults", 10, 2 );

Please make sure provide the same callback function name, priority and number of arguments while removing the hook callback.

Flipper Code is a Premium WordPress Plugins development company and integrating new functionalites into WordPress sites in form of custom WordPress Plugins since 2012. If you’re having any trouble using this hook, please contact our WordPress Development Team and we’d be happy to assist you.

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