I need to perform some cleanup after a user logged out, so I added a wp_logout action hook. Problem is, wp_get_current_user() already returns null if called from within the wp_logout action hook. How do I get the logging out users userid inside a wp_logout action hook?


How about hooking 'clear_auth_cookie' with the cleaning you need to do? If you need even more depth, you can outright replace wp_clear_auth_cookie(), but that can get into issues where it will conflict with other plugins, so avoid that if possible.

  • Thank you very much! This is exactly what i was looking for. – Davos Seaworth Jan 22 '12 at 17:26
  • This worked perfectly. I have used this hook for a custom audit plugin, to record the logout event. Thank you. – julianm Feb 6 '15 at 16:44

I know this is a little late.... but i ran into this problem my self. This is how i resolved the issue.

Add the following to your functions.php

function logout_redirect765(){
  $current_user = wp_get_current_user(); 
  wp_redirect( home_url().'/?userid='.$current_user->ID ); 

This basically stores the userid in a url parameter when the user logs out.

Then simply get the parameter with the following:


I hope this helps someone in the future who finds this post.

add_action('wp_logout', 'user_id');

function user_id()

use this in plugin main file

  • 4
    As the OP states 'wp_get_current_user() already returns null if called from within the wp_logout action hook' -- so this won't work. – marfarma Sep 24 '12 at 6:52

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