I try to call a function everytime a user login to website.

I succeeded with the wp_login hook for user who fill the login form.

However I can't find a hook for an user which has the "remember me" option activated when he come back to website (so he already have a login cookie).

I checked wp_validate_auth_cookie() function but this one is fired on each page: is Wordpress doing a check for "remember me" cookie on each page and then set user logged?


4 Answers 4


Don't use wp_login hook. Use wp_signon function instead.


wp_signon( array $credentials = array(), string|bool $secure_cookie = '' )

The credentials is an array that has ‘user_login’, ‘user_password’, and ‘remember’ indices. If the credentials is not given, then the log in form will be assumed and used if set.

  • But wp_signon() function is only called when you submit login form. What about an user who come back to website another day (and is automatically logged by "remember me" option) ?
    – fdehanne
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 15:16
  • @fdehanne Then it is not clear what you're trying to do. There is no such thing as remember me hook.
    – sandrodz
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 16:57

wp_login hook pass two parameters: $user->user_login (string) and $user ( WP_User ). "remember me" option on login form did not pass on wp_login hook, its used on the wp_signon function to set the cookie on the browser.

wp_set_auth_cookie($user->ID, $credentials['remember'], $secure_cookie);

So you can't access that using wp_login hook.

  • I know I can't access to it from wp_login hook, so I'm looking for another hook called for users with "remember me" option activated when they come back to website another day (and are automatically logged in).
    – fdehanne
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 15:23
  • There is no hook available to check remember post value, as its only used to set cookie on browser while login.
    – Maidul
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 15:45
  • I think there a misunderstanding : I don't want to get post value. When an user load a page how is he set logged to website by Wordpress when he already has this "remember me" cookie? (I've added more information on my question)
    – fdehanne
    Commented Nov 6, 2018 at 16:00

I know this is an old question but from what I understand, OP needs to call a custom function every time a user logs in (regardless of if it's via the login form or automatically logging in as a result of checking the Remember Me option during a prior login).
This can be achieved by using the 'authenticate' filter. More information can be found in this helpful guide that I found.



It's not 100% clear what you are trying to do, but in order to get the Remember Me status, you can do the following:

  1. Call wp_set_auth_cookie( $user_id, $remember ), where $remember is the Remember Me status.
  2. If you need to customize the actual session length based on the Remember Me setting, add a filter for the cookie expiration: add_filter( 'auth_cookie_expiration', 'get_expiration' ), 10, 3 ); with:
function get_expiration( $expiration, $user_id, $remember ) {
    // $remember will be passed from wp_set_auth_cookie()
    if ( $remember ) {
        // ...
    } else {
        // ...

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