I need to add a search field at the end of a menu in a list item.

I've been looking at walkers but finding it really hard to figure out what is the last item (or even get the total). Also where would i add the code for the custom item.

I've currently got;

class mainNav_walker extends Walker_Nav_Menu
    public function start_el( &$output, $item, $depth, $args )

        $output .= $this->custom_content( $item );
        parent::start_el( &$output, $item, $depth, $args );

    protected function custom_content( $item )
       // add <li>SEARCH FIELD HERE?</li>

1 Answer 1


You don't need a walker in this case. A filter called wp_nav_menu_items is available. It allows you to edit the list items of a menu. Just append your own list item with search field.

add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_items', 'add_search_to_nav', 10, 2 );

function add_search_to_nav( $items, $args )
    $items .= '<li>SEARCH</li>';
    return $items;

Note: if you only want to target a specific menu, a dynamic filter exists:


  • ace - completely forgot about that method... thanks.
    – v3nt
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 10:57
  • 3
    You can check the $args to only add the search to a particular theme (menu) location. Commented May 16, 2012 at 11:28

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