I want to apply this filter from this question.

add_filter( 'the_content', 'pre_content_filter', 0 );

function pre_content_filter( $content ) {
    return preg_replace_callback( '|<pre.*>(.*)</pre|isU' , 'convert_pre_entities', $content );

function convert_pre_entities( $matches ) {
    return str_replace( $matches[1], html_entity_decode( $matches[1] ), $matches[0] );

But it seems there is no effect. So I want to check if the function pre_content_filter is really applied. How can I do it?

I've tried debug-bar and debug-bar-extender, but I couldn't find if I can do it.

2 Answers 2


You can use has_filter() to check for registered filers.


add_filter( 'the_content', function( $content ) 
    if ( has_filter( 'the_content', 'pre_content_filter' ) )
        return 'pre_content_filter() is active<br>' . $content;

    return $content;
}, -1 );

You can find out all the functions hooked into a particular "filter" and check if a particular function is in that list. Below function returns the list of all functions hooked into a specific filter hook.

function get_filters_for( $hook = '' ) {
    global $wp_filter;
    if( empty( $hook ) || !isset( $wp_filter[$hook] ) )

    return $wp_filter[$hook];

Call it like this and run a loop to check if the function is in this list.

get_filters_for( 'the_content' );
  • Didn't realize @toscho has already answered !! Dec 10, 2013 at 11:02
  • Thanks Subharanjan! I tried to use your function in Debug Bar Console plugin by pasting function and run var_dump(get_filters_for( 'the_content' ));, but it shows nothing. Am I doing wrong?
    – ironsand
    Dec 10, 2013 at 14:16
  • @Tetsu Just removed an extra parenthesis from the return statement. It works now.. Please check. :) awesomescreenshot.com/06e22nqdbd Dec 10, 2013 at 14:24

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