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wp_safe_redirect ( $location, $status = 302, $x_redirect_by = 'WordPress' )
Parameters: (3)
  • (string) $location The path or URL to redirect to.
    Required: Yes
  • (int) $status Optional. HTTP response status code to use. Default '302' (Moved Temporarily).
    Required: No
    Default: 302
  • (string) $x_redirect_by Optional. The application doing the redirect. Default 'WordPress'.
    Required: No
    Default: 'WordPress'
  • (bool) $redirect False if the redirect was cancelled, true otherwise.
Defined at:
Change Log:
  • 5.1.0

Performs a safe (local) redirect, using wp_redirect().

Checks whether the $location is using an allowed host, if it has an absolute path. A plugin can therefore set or remove allowed host(s) to or from the list.

If the host is not allowed, then the redirect defaults to wp-admin on the siteurl instead. This prevents malicious redirects which redirect to another host, but only used in a few places.

Note: wp_safe_redirect() does not exit automatically, and should almost always be followed by a call to exit;:

wp_safe_redirect( $url );

Exiting can also be selectively manipulated by using wp_safe_redirect() as a conditional in conjunction with the {@see 'wp_redirect'} and {@see 'wp_redirect_location'} filters:

if ( wp_safe_redirect( $url ) ) {


function wp_safe_redirect( $location, $status = 302, $x_redirect_by = 'WordPress' ) {

		// Need to look at the URL the way it will end up in wp_redirect()
		$location = wp_sanitize_redirect( $location );

		 * Filters the redirect fallback URL for when the provided redirect is not safe (local).
		 * @since 4.3.0
		 * @param string $fallback_url The fallback URL to use by default.
		 * @param int    $status       The HTTP response status code to use.
		$location = wp_validate_redirect( $location, apply_filters( 'wp_safe_redirect_fallback', admin_url(), $status ) );

		return wp_redirect( $location, $status, $x_redirect_by );

if ( ! function_exists( 'wp_validate_redirect' ) ) :