clear_auth_cookie is what I'd need in order to catch the actual logout action, but I can't get it to return anything.


As per the Codex, it doesn't give any information.

Ideally I'd like to do:

add_action( 'clear_auth_cookie', 'return_user_data_on_logout');

function return_user_data_on_logout( $user ) {
    $id = $user->ID; //Assuming it returns a WP_User object.
    //Do some logic here, mostly to check if the user if is of certain type     / 
    has certain meta attached to them.

Any ideas?


That action doesn't pass that data:

function return_user_data_on_logout( $user ) {

Here, $user will alway be undefined. Additionally, you need to tell add_action how many parameters the function takes.


do_action( 'clear_auth_cookie' );

No information is passed to begin with, that's not how this particular event/action works.

So how do we get the current user being logged out? The answer is we remove the words "being logged out" from that question giving us a much easier question that is far more searchable:

How do we get the current user?

$user = wp_get_current_user();

It's possible that this hook may be too early, and additionally it may not be the best hook to use.

For example, wp_logout is a much better hook to use as it says on the tin what it does


add_action( 'wp_logout', function() {
    $user = wp_get_current_user();
    // ...
  • Works well, it's weird, I tried it before but I must've gotten lost in something that it didn't work. – coolpasta May 10 '18 at 22:46
  • When exactly should this fire in order to register? It seems that if I register it late, it just doesn't work. – coolpasta May 10 '18 at 22:58
  • That's a good question, and one you should ask, a comment won't do it justice – Tom J Nowell May 11 '18 at 1:00

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