if(strpos($query, '%get_email%') !== false){
        $query = str_replace('%get_email%',  get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ), $query);

Okay so am trying to make a MySQL query and in the plugin I am trying to add a shortcode %get_email% but anyway its not returning any email in the actual query.

Like select* from tablename where email='%get_email%';

Any idea on how to do that?

Here what is working for id -

    if(strpos($query, '%CURRENT_USER_ID%') !== false){
        $query = str_replace('%CURRENT_USER_ID%', get_current_user_id(), $query);
  • What is $query? What is the context? I am unsure what you are doing.
    – s_ha_dum
    May 22, 2015 at 21:52

4 Answers 4


I will approach like this:

global $current_user;

$email = (string) $current_user->user_email;

You just called got the email from the current_user array and cast it into string :) that's it

  • You sould use wp_get_current_user not global $current_user.
    – amiad
    Nov 14, 2021 at 10:47
  • If the user is in the process of changing their email address but their new email address hasn't been verified yet, does this return the old or the new email address?
    – Flimm
    Nov 21, 2022 at 8:54

Download/Install the PHPCode Snippets WordPress Plugin, Then just create a shortcode with this content (exactly as follows);

$current_user = wp_get_current_user();
echo $current_user->user_email;
  • That won't control where the code gets run on the page, though, will it? You probably want to do something better than echo, e.g. define a shortcode like some of the other answers do.
    – Rup
    Jul 23, 2021 at 12:33
  • I don't understand why you are trying to introduce complications into a rather simple situation. Jul 23, 2021 at 19:03
  • You should never use echo or print in a shortcode. It will be printed out immediately, not where the shortcode is used.
    – fuxia
    Jul 31, 2021 at 10:08

If you just need to "Get Current user email as a return string value" then you can simply do this by using following function

// Add this function in your functions.php or in your plugin
function mm_get_current_user_email(){
    global $current_user;

    $email = $current_user->user_email; 

    return $email;  
add_shortcode( 'get_email', 'mm_get_current_user_email');

Then you can get current user email as string where ever you want by simply using [get_email] or <?php echo do_shortcode( '[get_email]' ); ?>

For more on get_currentuserinfo() visit WordPress Codex.


Mile response is ok but there is no need to call an extra function. you can just use like this :

global $current_user;

$email = $current_user->user_email;
  • a lot changed since 2015 :) LoL ` // Get the current user's info $current_user = wp_get_current_user(); if ( !($current_user instanceof WP_User) ) return; ` Nov 15, 2021 at 11:18

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