I want to get current user's session token in the hook - wp_login.

I have tried this code in functions.php:

  function test() {
  var_dump(wp_get_session_token()); //string(0) "" 

I am using wordpress 4.9.2

1 Answer 1


You can't access the $_COOKIE in this hook. You can only access $_COOKIE after the page HTTP headers are set with the $_COOKIE its mean in the next page.

You have other hook that you can hook into to get the cookies in the function wp_set_auth_cookie() there is this action at the end.

do_action( 'set_logged_in_cookie', $logged_in_cookie, $expire, $expiration, $user_id, 'logged_in', $token );

So you can use it like this:

add_action('set_logged_in_cookie', 'custom_get_logged_in_cookie', 10, 6);
function custom_get_logged_in_cookie($logged_in_cookie, $expire, $expiration, $user_id, $logged_in_text, $token) {
    // do something...
  • can I use this hook instead of wp_login? Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 6:25
  • basically I want to save session_token just after login. I do not want to use $_SESSION variable. wp_login does not provide session_token but set_logged_in_cookie provides. So I can use it. Please let me know if it is a wrong method to achieve this. Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 6:51
  • It is the best practice from what I see this hook is meant for this.
    – Shibi
    Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 9:50

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