I am trying to load content before the end body tag on admin pages that have a TinyMCE editor on them. To do this I am trying to leverage two action hooks 'before_wp_tiny_mce' and 'admin_footer' but it does not seem to be working as I expected. The following is a simplified version of my code:

add_action( 'before_wp_tiny_mce', 'before_wp_tiny_mce_action' );

function before_wp_tiny_mce_action() {
    add_action( 'admin_footer', 'admin_footer_action' );

function admin_footer_action() {
    echo "<p>I am in the footer of an admin page with a TinyMCE editor.</p>";

Why doesn't this work?

  • By all means it should. Do a echo 'xxx'; die; in each to make sure they are getting called properly. May have a typo in the something? Feb 27, 2014 at 21:10
  • Fully tested. No typos... Both hooks work on their own but not when referenced inside the other one.
    – McShaman
    Feb 27, 2014 at 21:17
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    Would you mind posting your actual code? The devil is in the details...
    – tfrommen
    Feb 27, 2014 at 21:30

1 Answer 1


I think I worked out the problem.

before_wp_tiny_mce_action is not an action hook called before the actual TinyMCE editor in the DOM. It is called before the script that is loaded via the admin_print_footer_scripts action. So I think the admin_footer action hook is before the before_wp_tiny_mce_action action hook so I am calling my action too late.

I am going to have to find another way of detecting if a page has TinyMCE on it before it starts writing the script.

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