esc_sql( string|array $data )

Escapes data for use in a MySQL query.

Description Description

Usually you should prepare queries using wpdb::prepare(). Sometimes, spot-escaping is required or useful. One example is preparing an array for use in an IN clause.

NOTE: Since 4.8.3, ‘%’ characters will be replaced with a placeholder string, this prevents certain SQLi attacks from taking place. This change in behaviour may cause issues for code that expects the return value of esc_sql() to be useable for other purposes.

Parameters Parameters


(string|array) (Required) Unescaped data

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Return Return

(string|array) Escaped data

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/formatting.php

function esc_sql( $data ) {
	global $wpdb;
	return $wpdb->_escape( $data );

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
2.8.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by J.D. Grimes

    It should be noted that this function will only escape values to be used in strings in the query. That is, it only provides escaping for values that will be within quotes in the SQL (as in field = '{$escaped_value}'). If your value is not going to be within quotes, your code will still be vulnerable to SQL injection. For example, this is vulnerable, because the escaped value is not surrounded by quotes in the SQL query: ORDER BY {$escaped_value}. As such, this function does not escape unquoted numeric values, field names, or SQL keywords..

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