wp_encode_emoji( string $content )

Convert emoji characters to their equivalent HTML entity.

Description Description

This allows us to store emoji in a DB using the utf8 character set.

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) The content to encode.

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Return Return

(string) The encoded content.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/formatting.php

function wp_encode_emoji( $content ) {
	$emoji = _wp_emoji_list( 'partials' );

	foreach ( $emoji as $emojum ) {
		$emoji_char = html_entity_decode( $emojum );
		if ( false !== strpos( $content, $emoji_char ) ) {
			$content = preg_replace( "/$emoji_char/", $emojum, $content );

	return $content;

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Version Description
4.2.0 Introduced.

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