How to Check if Content has a Specific Shortcode in WP?

Checking if a specific shortcode is available in content is an easy task to handle while developing WordPress. has_shortcode is the function available in WordPress that developers can use to check if the content has a shortcode or not! in this WordPress tutorial we'll have a closer look at the WordPress has_shortcode function.

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has_shortcode function syntax

The has_shortcode function gets two parameters, a content and a tag.

Developers use this function to check if a shortcode is available in the content or not.

has_shortcode($content, $tag)

Behind the scenes, WordPress uses regex to find shortcodes in content and checks if a specific shortcode is available between them or not.

But this function does more than just a regex checking.

has_shortcode also checks if the shortcode is a real shortcode in WordPress or Not.

has_shortcode function usage example

this function has a simple syntax to use. We’re going to try it in a working example:

if(has_shortcode('[test]', 'test')){
	// test is not a default WP shortcode
	// if you or a plugin did not defined it, will return false
}

if(has_shortcode('[video]', 'video')){
	// test is a default WP shortcode
	// if you did not removed it, this condition is true
}

If you are interested in shortcodes in WordPress, you can read my tutorials:

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