WooCommerce: Set / Override Product Price Programmatically

There are times when the edit product page settings are not enough. Yes, you usually set regular and sale price via the price fields under “Product Data”; however sometimes you may have to override those prices via code, because you’re running a special promotion, you don’t want to manually change thousands of prices or maybe you need to show different values to logged in customers only.

Either way, “setting” the product price programmatically consists of two distinct operations. First, you need to change the “display” of the product price on single and loop pages; second, you actually need to set a “cart item” price, because the previous code does not really alter price values.

As usual, easier coded than said, so let’s see how it’s done. Enjoy!

This is a screenshot of the single product page after applying the 20% discount to logged in customers only. Original price was $34

PHP Snippet: Alter Product Price Programmatically @ WooCommerce Frontend

For example, in the snippet below we will change the price of a product ID only if the user is logged in and is a registered customer. Of course you can apply the same strategy to different case scenarios e.g. change prices for a specific product category, apply a surcharge to all products below $10, and so on. Applications are endless.

/**
 * @snippet       Alter Product Pricing Part 1 - WooCommerce Product
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 4.1
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 */

add_filter( 'woocommerce_get_price_html', 'bbloomer_alter_price_display', 9999, 2 );

function bbloomer_alter_price_display( $price_html, $product ) {
	
    // ONLY ON FRONTEND
    if ( is_admin() ) return $price_html;
	
    // ONLY IF PRICE NOT NULL
    if ( '' === $product->get_price() ) return $price_html;
	
    // IF CUSTOMER LOGGED IN, APPLY 20% DISCOUNT	
    if ( wc_current_user_has_role( 'customer' ) ) {
        $orig_price = wc_get_price_to_display( $product );
        $price_html = wc_price( $orig_price * 0.80 );
    }
	
    return $price_html;

}

/**
 * @snippet       Alter Product Pricing Part 2 - WooCommerce Cart/Checkout
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 4.1
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
 */

add_action( 'woocommerce_before_calculate_totals', 'bbloomer_alter_price_cart', 9999 );

function bbloomer_alter_price_cart( $cart ) {

    if ( is_admin() && ! defined( 'DOING_AJAX' ) ) return;

    if ( did_action( 'woocommerce_before_calculate_totals' ) >= 2 ) return;

    // IF CUSTOMER NOT LOGGED IN, DONT APPLY DISCOUNT
    if ( ! wc_current_user_has_role( 'customer' ) ) return;

    // LOOP THROUGH CART ITEMS & APPLY 20% DISCOUNT
    foreach ( $cart->get_cart() as $cart_item_key => $cart_item ) {
        $product = $cart_item['data'];
        $price = $product->get_price();
        $cart_item['data']->set_price( $price * 0.80 );
    }

}

And here’s the screenshot of the same product, in logged-out mode. This shows the original product price ($34) as per the WooCommerce settings. It displays for all non logged in users and also for all logged in users who are not “customers”:

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: Set / Override Product Price Programmatically

  1. This is kind of what I am trying to do except I need if role is customer or logged out they get regular price and if role after login is Dealer they get the sale price. Our prices are not standard where I can use any of the formula systems so we just want to use the two pricing fields already in woocommerce.

    1. Hi Mark, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

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