wp_safe_redirect( string $location, int $status = 302, string $x_redirect_by = 'WordPress' )

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 ‘wp_redirect’ and ‘wp_redirect_location’ filters:

if ( wp_safe_redirect( $url ) ) {



(string) (Required) The path or URL to redirect to.


(int) (Optional) HTTP response status code to use. Default '302' (Moved Temporarily).

Default value: 302


(string) (Optional) The application doing the redirect.

Default value: 'WordPress'


(bool) False if the redirect was cancelled, true otherwise.


File: wp-includes/pluggable.php

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 );


Version Description
5.1.0 The return value from wp_redirect() is now passed on, and the $x_redirect_by parameter was added.
2.3.0 Introduced.

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