i want to remove all html tags from content like <p>, <br>, <img>, <a> i tried strip_tags() also tried

$content = get_the_content();
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);

but not working for me. any reliable solution ??

3 Answers 3


The WordPress function, at least the one I tend to use, would be wp_filter_nohtml_kses. That should remove all of the HTML, but you need to be careful not to put some HTML back by running the_content filters on your HTML-less string.

I am not sure why strip_tags didn't work, but I suspect that you doing something else in other code posted or not posted and that that something else is undoing your tag stripping, or putting some tags back. Mainly I think that because you tried ...

$content = get_the_content();
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);

... and apparently expected tags to be stripped?

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    Yes! you were right. strip_tags() does not work because of $content = get_the_content(); $content = apply_filters('the_content', $content); Thank you Mate. Apr 6, 2013 at 22:18
  • Now both solutions worked for me wp_filter_nohtml_kses() and strip_tags() :) Apr 6, 2013 at 22:21

To build upon @s_ha_dum's answer I think you want.

$content = get_the_content(); 
echo wp_filter_nohtml_kses( $content ); //or strip_tags
  • Wouldn't you still need the content filter? So something like wp_filter_nohtml_kses( apply_filters( 'the_content', $content ) )?
    – Jay
    May 9, 2020 at 19:13

This removes both <htmltags> and <!-- comments -->:

echo wp_strip_all_tags( get_the_content() );

wp_filter_nohtml_kses() didn't get me rid of the comments.

seen here

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