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I am trying to determine if an item has a sub-item with depth 1 or higher. I cannot find anywhere if there is some function/query I can write that grabs the current item looks in the database if it has any sub-pages and returns true.

What I aim to do with this is give the <li> class a different class depending on the fact if the menu item has a sub-item.

The snippet out of the code for what i have so far:

if ($depth == 0) 
{
    if( /*page has subpages*/ )
    {
            $class_names = $class_names ? ' class="menu-enable"' : '';
    }
    else
    {
            $class_names = $class_names ? '' : '';
    }
}
else
{
    $class_names = $class_names ? ' class="sub-menu-enable"' : '';
}

Now I need some code that runs at page has sub-pages. How can I detect parent items?

Edit:

Full custom walker class now:

 class header_walker extends Walker_Nav_Menu
{
 /**
 * @see Walker::start_lvl()
 * @since 3.0.0
 *
 * @param string $output Passed by reference. Used to append additional content.
 * @param int $depth Depth of page. Used for padding.
 */
function start_lvl( &$output, $depth = 0, $args = array() ) {
    $indent = str_repeat("\t", $depth);
    $output .= "\n</li>$indent<div class=\"menu-items\"><div class=\"submenu-item\"><ul>\n";
}

/**
 * @see Walker::end_lvl()
 * @since 3.0.0
 *
 * @param string $output Passed by reference. Used to append additional content.
 * @param int $depth Depth of page. Used for padding.
 */
function end_lvl( &$output, $depth = 0, $args = array() ) {
    $indent = str_repeat("\t", $depth);
    $output .= "$indent</ul></div></div>\n";
}

/**
 * @see Walker::start_el()
 * @since 3.0.0
 *
 * @param string $output Passed by reference. Used to append additional content.
 * @param object $item Menu item data object.
 * @param int $depth Depth of menu item. Used for padding.
 * @param int $current_page Menu item ID.
 * @param object $args
 */
function start_el( &$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = array(), $id = 0 ) {

    $indent = ( $depth ) ? str_repeat( "\t", $depth ) : '';

    $class_names = $value = '';
    $classes = empty( $item->classes ) ? array() : (array) $item->classes;
    $classes[] = 'menu-item-' . $item->ID;

    $class_names = join( ' ', apply_filters( 'nav_menu_css_class', array_filter( $classes ), $item, $args ) );
    $class_names = $class_names ? ' class="' . esc_attr( $class_names ) . '"' : '';
            /*
    // values of depth
    echo $item->title.' - ';
    echo $depth.'<br />';
    echo $class_names;

    if ($depth == 0) 
    {
        if( check for subpage )
        {
            $class_names = $class_names ? ' class="menu-enable"' : '';
        }
        else
        {
            $class_names = $class_names ? '' : '';
        }
    }
    else
    {
        $class_names = $class_names ? ' class="sub-menu-enable"' : '';
    }*/

    $output .= $indent . '<li' . $class_names .'>';

    $attributes  = ! empty( $item->attr_title ) ? ' title="'  . esc_attr( $item->attr_title ) .'"' : '';
    $attributes .= ! empty( $item->target )     ? ' target="' . esc_attr( $item->target     ) .'"' : '';
    $attributes .= ! empty( $item->xfn )        ? ' rel="'    . esc_attr( $item->xfn        ) .'"' : '';
    $attributes .= ! empty( $item->url )        ? ' href="'   . esc_attr( $item->url        ) .'"' : '';

    $item_output = $args->before;
    $item_output .= '<a'. $attributes .'>';
    $item_output .= $args->link_before . apply_filters( 'the_title', $item->title, $item->ID ) . $args->link_after;
    $item_output .= '</a>';
    $item_output .= $args->after;

    $output .= apply_filters( 'walker_nav_menu_start_el', $item_output, $item, $depth, $args );
}
/**
 * @see Walker::end_el()
 * @since 3.0.0
 *
 * @param string $output Passed by reference. Used to append additional content.
 * @param object $item Page data object. Not used.
 * @param int $depth Depth of page. Not Used.
 */
function end_el( &$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = array() ) {
    $output .= "</li>\n";
}

}

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You can filter wp_nav_menu_objects and add the classes in one rush. You don’t even need a custom walker for that.

add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_objects', 'add_has_children_to_nav_items' );

function add_has_children_to_nav_items( $items )
{
    $parents = wp_list_pluck( $items, 'menu_item_parent');

    foreach ( $items as $item )
        in_array( $item->ID, $parents ) && $item->classes[] = 'has-children';

    return $items;
}

The class has-children will now be assigned to the matching li elements automatically.

In a custom walker you will find the class in $item->classes in your function start_el(). The following lines from the default walker will do the trick:

$class_names = join( ' ', apply_filters( 'nav_menu_css_class', array_filter( $classes ), $item, $args ) );
$class_names = $class_names ? ' class="' . esc_attr( $class_names ) . '"' : '';
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