nav_menu_submenu_css_class filter

Filters the CSS class(es) applied to a menu list element.

To use nav_menu_submenu_css_class filter, first you have to register it using add_filter. You can write this code into functions.php of your activated theme or in a custom WordPress Plugin.

We at Flipper Code, always prefer to create a custom WordPress Plugin while using hooks so nothing breaks when you update your WordPress Theme in the future.

In the below live example, we have defined a function modify_nav_menu_submenu_css_class_defaults which takes 3 parameters and we registered using add_filter. The first parameter nav_menu_submenu_css_class is name of the hook, The second parameter modify_nav_menu_submenu_css_class_defaults is name of the function which need to be called, third parameter is the priority of calling the hook if same hook is used multiple times and the last parameter is the number of arguments (if any) to be passed in the registered function.

Sometime, you have to remove a registered hook so you can use remove_filter to remove nav_menu_submenu_css_class filter.


    Below are the 3 parameters are required to use this hook.

  • $classes : (string[]) Array of the CSS classes that are applied to the menu
    • $args : (stdClass) An object of wp_nav_menu() arguments.
    • $depth : (int) Depth of menu item. Used for padding.

    Live Example

    function wpdocs_custom_dropdown_class( $classes ) {
        $classes[] = 'dropdown';
         return $classes;
     add_filter( 'nav_menu_submenu_css_class', 'wpdocs_custom_dropdown_class' );

    Below is an example how you can use this hook.

                            function modify_nav_menu_submenu_css_class_defaults($classes, $args, $depth) { 
                                // Update the $classes variable according to your website requirements and return this variable. You can modify the $classes variable conditionally too if you want.
                                return $classes; 
                            // add the filter
                            add_filter( "nav_menu_submenu_css_class", "modify_nav_menu_submenu_css_class_defaults", 10, 3 );

    To remove a hook callback, use the example below.

    remove_filter( "nav_menu_submenu_css_class", "modify_nav_menu_submenu_css_class_defaults", 10, 3 );

    Please make sure provide the same callback function name, priority and number of arguments while removing the hook callback.

    Flipper Code is a Premium WordPress Plugins development company and integrating new functionalites into WordPress sites in form of custom WordPress Plugins since 2012. If you’re having any trouble using this hook, please contact our WordPress Development Team and we’d be happy to assist you.


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