Add Bookmarks to Admin Bar Using get_bookmarks

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Are you looking for a way to display a specified category of bookmarks in admin bar? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to add bookmarks to admin bar using get_bookmarks in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function wps_adminbar_bookmarks() {
	global $wp_admin_bar;

	$cat = '2'; // define category
	$name = 'Bookmarks';

	$bookmarks = array();
	$bookmarks = get_bookmarks("category=$cat");

	if ($bookmarks[0] != '') {

        $wp_admin_bar->add_menu( array(
		'title' => $name,
		'href' => false,
		'parent' => false

	    foreach ( $bookmarks as $bookmark ) {
		$wp_admin_bar->add_menu( array(
			'title' => $bookmark->link_name,
			'href' => clean_url($bookmark->link_url),
			'parent' => strtolower($name),
			'meta' => array('target' => '_blank'),
add_action('admin_bar_menu', 'wps_adminbar_bookmarks', 500);

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 9 best WordPress help desk plugins for customer support and how to fix the error establishing a database connection in WordPress.

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