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Closed 7 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#27280 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Apply filter for Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit start_el output

Reported by: kaptinlin's profile kaptinlin Owned by: johnbillion's profile johnbillion
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.1
Component: Menus Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: administration Cc:


Hi there,

Can you give a filter for start_el output for Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit() class just as you does for Walker_Nav_Menu?

line 226 of wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php file in wp 3.8.1

change the code from

$output .= ob_get_clean();


$output .= ob_get_clean();
$output = apply_filters( 'walker_nav_menu_edit_start_el', $output, $item, $depth, $args , $id);

In this way, we can easily add custom settings for the menu item.

I know we can use custom Menu_Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit override the start_el function, and use wp_edit_nav_menu_walker filter to choose the custom walker. But, it will only works with one instance.

$walker_class_name = apply_filters( 'wp_edit_nav_menu_walker', 'Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit', $menu_id );

If multiple plugins try use this filter adding the settings, it will only work once.

Attachments (1)

27280.patch (1.2 KB) - added by tyxla 8 years ago.
Introducing a walker_nav_menu_edit_start_el filter to allow filtering the HTML of the admin menu items in the start_el() of the default walker Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit.

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Change History (13)

#2 @chriscct7
8 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Closing as wontfix. Complete lack of interest on the feature on the ticket over the last 2 years. Feel free to reopen when more interest re-emerges (particularly if there's a patch)

#3 @tyxla
8 years ago

  • Resolution wontfix deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

I need this since 2011, and i guess this ticket has been slipping through my fingers so far.

It is often necessary to modify the admin menu item forms.

The current solution is to use a custom admin walker, which does not always work nicely, and is often not compatible with plugins. A filter hook would work much better in most cases, so we really should get this into the core.

With a filter anyone would be able to insert any custom fields anywhere in the admin menu item form.

8 years ago

Introducing a walker_nav_menu_edit_start_el filter to allow filtering the HTML of the admin menu items in the start_el() of the default walker Walker_Nav_Menu_Edit.

#4 follow-up: @tyxla
8 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Let's get this into the core, I would love to see it in 4.4.

#7 @dilirity
8 years ago

It would be great if this is added to the core!

#11 in reply to: ↑ 4 @m1r0
8 years ago

This is a good idea. Hate those custom walkers...

#14 @chriscct7
8 years ago

  • Milestone set to Future Release

The enhancement patch window for 4.4 closed last week with the launch of beta 1 ( The next milestone this could be considered for would be 4.5.

Also please do not comment with "+1"'s per the Trac forum policy. They don't add anything to the conversation and just serve to clutter things up.

Last edited 8 years ago by chriscct7 (previous) (diff)

#15 @johnbillion
8 years ago

  • Owner set to johnbillion
  • Status changed from reopened to reviewing
  • Version changed from 3.8.1 to 2.1

#16 @entr
7 years ago

I don't know how useful a filter would be in this situation. Filtering an already generated html is not ideal. A set of actions on the other hand will be really handy. I suppose most of the developers would like just to introduce custom options in the .menu-item-settings section. We could go even further and refactor how .menu-item-settings is generated using just a single action for the whole section and prioritized bindings for every .description in it. Then adding custom menu settings or removing built-in ones would be a breeze.

#17 @grapplerulrich
7 years ago

  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from reviewing to closed

Duplicate of #18584.

#18 @swissspidy
7 years ago

  • Milestone Future Release deleted

#19 @timersys
6 years ago

I see a cleaner way in #38904 . Adding a couple more filters should cover most user cases.

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