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I want to execute custom jquery code which shows login dialog to user if he clicks a button and he is not logged in. How could I do that?

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

In case you want to know if the user is logged in at the current moment. The other answers check if the user is logged in or not when the page loaded not the time when you're running the javascript. The user could have logged in in a seperate tab for instance

Put this in your javascript

var data = {
    action: 'is_user_logged_in'

jQuery.post(ajaxurl, data, function(response) {
    if(response == 'yes') {
        // user is logged in, do your stuff here
    } else {
        // user is not logged in, show login form here

put this in your functions.php

function ajax_check_user_logged_in() {
    echo is_user_logged_in()?'yes':'no';
add_action('wp_ajax_is_user_logged_in', 'ajax_check_user_logged_in');
add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_is_user_logged_in', 'ajax_check_user_logged_in');
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What is the value of ajaxurl? – Feras Odeh Oct 24 '12 at 19:22
wordpress sets it to 'yoursite.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php'. That's the url on which all the ajax requests are supposed to be sent – Mridul Aggarwal Oct 24 '12 at 19:25
I put the jQuery.post inside jquery click handler but this doesn't work. do you have any idea how to solve it? – Feras Odeh Oct 24 '12 at 19:28
I saw that ajaxurl is not defined in the console. – Feras Odeh Oct 24 '12 at 19:34
[codex](codex.wordpress.org/AJAX_in_Plugins) said that in latest wordpress versions this is already defined. Maybe you can define your own version of ajaxurl with wp_localize_script – Mridul Aggarwal Oct 24 '12 at 19:45

Check the class attribute for body: If the theme is using body_class() the body has a class named logged-in for users that are logged in. Be aware the function can be used on the element html too.

You can also just use is_user_logged_in() as a condition to enqueue or print the script.

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top marks for this answer - simple and effective. – Q Studio Jul 20 '13 at 21:12

Please add body_class() to your html body

<body <?php body_class(); ?>>
   //your html code

This will add logged-in for logged user then you can use following jquery code to execute your custom juqery code only for logged user.

if ($('body').hasClass('logged-in')) {
       //execute your jquery code.
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I dunno why this one was down voted. Approach is fully valid. +1 – kaiser Dec 31 '13 at 11:54
I dont know. I have same question. Answer is valid but why down vote. – Monirul Islam Jan 22 '14 at 4:42
Hm. Maybe because it uses jQuery instead of the right way (using a filter and the callback). Some people are allergic to jQuery. – kaiser Jan 22 '14 at 14:28

Another example, in case you want to use it for AJAX calls.

// Simplified... please note, that all names/vars/etc. in my class got unique names.
// ...the same goes for the script handler.
class wpse69814_example
    public $response;

    public function __construct()
        add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', array( $this, 'enqueue' ) );
        add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', array( $this, 'localize' ), 20 );

    public function enqueue()
            plugins_url( 'url/to/file.js', __FILE__ ),
            array( 'jquery' ),
            filemtime( plugins_dir_path( __FILE__ ).'/path/to/file.js' ),

    public function localize()
        wp_localize_script( 'wpse69814_handler, 'wpse69814_object', array(
            'ajaxurl'    => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
            'ajax_nonce' => wp_create_nonce( 'wpse69814_nonce' ),
            'action'     => 'wpse69814-handler-action',
            'data'       => array(
               'is_user_logged_in' => is_user_logged_in(),

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To note, this approach doesn't work behind CDN. :D – Brian Fegter Dec 30 '13 at 16:21
@BrianFegter Might want to explain (or edit it in) why? :) – kaiser Dec 31 '13 at 0:52
Since the CDN doesn't authenticate with WordPress, is_user_logged_in will be cached as false in the DOM when origin is hit User state should be abstracted out to a no-cache thread via XHR when using a CDN. @Mridul Aggarwal's approach works but with no-cache headers in the response. – Brian Fegter Dec 31 '13 at 5:42
@BrianFegter Good catch. Fixed that... I think. Upvoted other answers as well. – kaiser Dec 31 '13 at 11:54

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