I want to use a method from a plugin as a hook, not the callback. I want to use a custom function I wrote as the callback, that gets triggered when a particular method from a plugin runs. Essentially something like :

add_action( array( "NAME OF CLASS", NAME OF METHOD" ), "MY CUSTOM FUNCTION" ) )

I can't figure out how to do this, any help or direction would be greatly appreciated!

I've verified the method and class exist in functions.php with the method_exists() function.


I'm using plugins called Groups and Groups_File_Access to handle file access and downloads on my site. The class is "Groups_File_Access"" and the method inside is "groups_file_served". I did not write this plugin. That method gets triggered when someone accesses a file and I want to run a custom function when "groups_file_served" get called by hooking onto it. Was trying to avoid editing the plugin itself, but looks like I'm going to need to.

  • What are you trying to do that requires this? It's a little difficult to follow your question, and some context would make it easier to understand
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jan 8 '18 at 21:34

It sounds like you are looking for do_action() In your method that you wrote add do_action and it will trigger your new custom action. Then you can use add_action() in the same way you use the build in actions.


Example of your method in the class...

public function some_method() {
    $foo = 'puppy';
    $bar = 'bunny';
    do_action( 'my_nifty_action', $foo, $bar );

Somewhere else you can then add the call to your action...

add_action( 'my_nifty_action', 'my_custom_function', 10, 2 );

function my_custom_function( $foo, $bar ) {
    // ... your code here

So you want to run code when another function runs?

No. You can't do that with actions/filters. For it to work, the function would need to fire a hook/filter that you could hook into. If it does not do this then you're going to have to fork the plugin

  • Ok, was trying to avoid editing the plugin, but good to know I'll need to do that. That helps a lot, thanks! Jan 9 '18 at 13:30

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