sanitize_title( string $title, string $fallback_title = '', string $context = 'save' )

Sanitizes a string into a slug, which can be used in URLs or HTML attributes.


By default, converts accent characters to ASCII characters and further limits the output to alphanumeric characters, underscore (_) and dash (-) through the ‘sanitize_title’ filter.

If $title is empty and $fallback_title is set, the latter will be used.



(string) (Required) The string to be sanitized.


(string) (Optional) A title to use if $title is empty.

Default value: ''


(string) (Optional) The operation for which the string is sanitized.

Default value: 'save'


(string) The sanitized string.

More Information

The ‘save’ context is used most often when saving a value in the database, but is used for other purposes as well. The ‘query’ context is used by sanitize_title_for_query() when the value is going to be used in the WHERE clause of a query.


File: wp-includes/formatting.php

function sanitize_title( $title, $fallback_title = '', $context = 'save' ) {
	$raw_title = $title;

	if ( 'save' === $context ) {
		$title = remove_accents( $title );

	 * Filters a sanitized title string.
	 * @since 1.2.0
	 * @param string $title     Sanitized title.
	 * @param string $raw_title The title prior to sanitization.
	 * @param string $context   The context for which the title is being sanitized.
	$title = apply_filters( 'sanitize_title', $title, $raw_title, $context );

	if ( '' === $title || false === $title ) {
		$title = $fallback_title;

	return $title;


Version Description
1.0.0 Introduced.

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