I am trying to create custom interval for cron schedule with given user input, but its not working.

Here is the code:

add_filter( 'cron_schedules', 'custom_cron_schedule' );
function custom_cron_schedule( $schedules,$int ) {
    $schedules['custom'] = array(
        'interval' => $int, // user input integer in second
        'display'  => __( 'Custom Interval' ),

    return $schedules;

I tried to look at custom schedule via _get_cron_array() and found that interval is missing I also checked $int, it has 36000.

So what am I missing here OR am I not allowed to use arguments in this filter?

1 Answer 1


Note on input arguments:

You are using the filter callback function (FCB) with two input arguments, but the default is one.

In general you should replace:

add_filter( 'some_filter', 'some_filter_callback' );
function some_filter_callback( $arg1, $arg2 ) {

with something like:

add_filter( 'some_filter', 'some_filter_callback', 10, 2 );
function some_filter_callback( $arg1, $arg2 ) {

if you want two arguments.

You would also have to look at the apply_filters( 'some_filter', ... ) part to find the correct number of input arguments.

The problem:

When you check the source of wp_get_schedules() you find the following:

return array_merge( apply_filters( 'cron_schedules', array() ), $schedules );

so there's no second $int argument passed on to the FCB.

The array that you return from your FCB is then merged with the default $schedules, where:

$schedules = array(
        'hourly'     => array( 'interval' => HOUR_IN_SECONDS,      'display' => __( 'Once Hourly' ) ),
        'twicedaily' => array( 'interval' => 12 * HOUR_IN_SECONDS, 'display' => __( 'Twice Daily' ) ),
        'daily'      => array( 'interval' => DAY_IN_SECONDS,       'display' => __( 'Once Daily' ) ),

Hope this helps.

  • thanks for the detailed explanation, I tried to use following function but still no success, Please can you help me with a example for my problem ? CODE: function cron_interval($int){return array('custom'=>array('interval'=> $int,'display'=>'custom'))} Apr 12, 2014 at 16:13
  • You can use the Options API (set_option/get_option) or Custom User Meta (set_user_meta/get_user_meta) to store and retrieve the user input data. You could also consider wrapping your code into a class to make it easier.
    – birgire
    Apr 12, 2014 at 16:28
  • finally I found the problem, its variable scope, I am calling this function inside a class function so its not working but now I make that $int variable global so its working ...silly mistake by me...thanks for your help birgire Apr 12, 2014 at 17:00
  • 1
    yes it's the scope, but I don't recommend solving this by adding a global variable. If you are constructing a class, use for example $this->interval.
    – birgire
    Apr 12, 2014 at 17:07

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