WooCommerce: Remove Product From Cart Programmatically

We already saw how to add a product to cart automatically, for example if you visit a specific page or if there are no products in the cart – but today we want to find out how to do the opposite: if a certain condition is met, we want to remove a product ID from the cart.

This becomes a little complex – while adding an item to cart requires just its product ID, removing it from the cart forces you to know the “cart item key”. Japanese, I know, but just copy the snippet and you’re done!

How to automatically remove a product from the Cart

PHP Snippet: Remove Item from Cart Automatically

In the example below, I’m targeting product ID = 282 – the snippet looks for its “cart item key” and uses remove_cart_item() function to remove it.

/**
 * @snippet       Remove Cart Item Programmatically - WooCommerce
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 3.8
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'bbloomer_remove_product_from_cart_programmatically' );

function bbloomer_remove_product_from_cart_programmatically() {
   if ( is_admin() ) return;
   $product_id = 282;
   $product_cart_id = WC()->cart->generate_cart_id( $product_id );
   $cart_item_key = WC()->cart->find_product_in_cart( $product_cart_id );
   if ( $cart_item_key ) WC()->cart->remove_cart_item( $cart_item_key );
}

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (before "?>" if you have it). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7+.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as a WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Remove Product From Cart Programmatically

  1. Could you let me know how to amend the code such that if a user adds one product, then it will automatically remove all other products that have been previously added to the cart?

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