Summery Summery

Determine if a comment exists based on author and date.

Syntax Syntax

comment_exists( string $comment_author, string $comment_date, string $timezone = 'blog' )

Description Description

For best performance, use $timezone = 'gmt', which queries a field that is properly indexed. The default value for $timezone is ‘blog’ for legacy reasons.

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) Author of the comment.


(string) (Required) Date of the comment.


(string) (Optional) Timezone. Accepts 'blog' or 'gmt'.

Default value: 'blog'

Return Return

(string|null) Comment post ID on success.

Source Source

File: wp-admin/includes/comment.php

function comment_exists( $comment_author, $comment_date, $timezone = 'blog' ) {
	global $wpdb;

	$date_field = 'comment_date';
	if ( 'gmt' === $timezone ) {
		$date_field = 'comment_date_gmt';

	return $wpdb->get_var(
			"SELECT comment_post_ID FROM $wpdb->comments
			WHERE comment_author = %s AND $date_field = %s",
			stripslashes( $comment_author ),
			stripslashes( $comment_date )


Changelog Changelog

Version Description
4.4.0 Added the $timezone parameter.
2.0.0 Introduced.


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