Private Access Private Access

This function’s access is marked private. This means it is not intended for use by plugin or theme developers, only in other core functions. It is listed here for completeness.

Summery Summery

Instantiate the admin bar object and set it up as a global for access elsewhere.

Syntax Syntax


Description Description

UNHOOKING THIS FUNCTION WILL NOT PROPERLY REMOVE THE ADMIN BAR. For that, use show_admin_bar(false) or the ‘show_admin_bar’ filter.

Return Return

(bool) Whether the admin bar was successfully initialized.

Source Source

File: wp-includes/admin-bar.php

function _wp_admin_bar_init() {
	global $wp_admin_bar;

	if ( ! is_admin_bar_showing() ) {
		return false;

	/* Load the admin bar class code ready for instantiation */
	require_once ABSPATH . WPINC . '/class-wp-admin-bar.php';

	/* Instantiate the admin bar */

	 * Filters the admin bar class to instantiate.
	 * @since 3.1.0
	 * @param string $wp_admin_bar_class Admin bar class to use. Default 'WP_Admin_Bar'.
	$admin_bar_class = apply_filters( 'wp_admin_bar_class', 'WP_Admin_Bar' );
	if ( class_exists( $admin_bar_class ) ) {
		$wp_admin_bar = new $admin_bar_class;
	} else {
		return false;


	return true;


Changelog Changelog

Version Description
3.1.0 Introduced.


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