wp_html_excerpt( string $str, int $count, string $more = null )

Safely extracts not more than the first $count characters from html string.

Description Description

UTF-8, tags and entities safe prefix extraction. Entities inside will NOT be counted as one character. For example & will be counted as 4, < as 3, etc.

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) String to get the excerpt from.


(int) (Required) Maximum number of characters to take.


(string) (Optional) What to append if $str needs to be trimmed. Defaults to empty string.

Default value: null

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Return Return

(string) The excerpt.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/formatting.php

function wp_html_excerpt( $str, $count, $more = null ) {
	if ( null === $more ) {
		$more = '';
	$str     = wp_strip_all_tags( $str, true );
	$excerpt = mb_substr( $str, 0, $count );
	// remove part of an entity at the end
	$excerpt = preg_replace( '/&[^;\s]{0,6}$/', '', $excerpt );
	if ( $str != $excerpt ) {
		$excerpt = trim( $excerpt ) . $more;
	return $excerpt;

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Version Description
2.5.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    $str = 'There are lots &amp; <strong>lots</strong> of usages for this function. I know you can think of some! (lots more text here)';
    echo wp_html_excerpt( $str, 50 );
    // Output: 'There are lots &amp; lots of usages for this funct'
    // Using the $more parameter:
    echo wp_html_excerpt( $str, 50, '...' );
    // Output: 'There are lots &amp; lots of usages for this funct...'

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