WooCommerce: Add Content to Empty Cart Page

A Business Bloomer fan asked me a great question: “I’m using your visual hook guide to add content above the cart, however I notice that it doesn’t work if the cart is empty. Are there hooks specifically for empty carts?“.

Well, let’s take a look if we have anything available… (hint: of course we do!).

WooCommerce: add content to the empty cart page

PHP Snippet: Add Content to the Empty Cart Page – WooCommerce

 * @snippet       Add Content to Empty Cart Page - WooCommerce
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli, BusinessBloomer.com
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 4.5
 * @community     https://businessbloomer.com/club/
add_action( 'woocommerce_cart_is_empty', 'bbloomer_add_content_empty_cart' );
function bbloomer_add_content_empty_cart() {
   echo 'This will show on the empty cart page';

Where to add custom code?

You should place custom PHP in functions.php and custom CSS in style.css of your child theme: where to place WooCommerce customization?

This code still works, unless you report otherwise. To exclude conflicts, temporarily switch to the Storefront theme, disable all plugins except WooCommerce, and test the snippet again: WooCommerce troubleshooting 101

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent 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. Follow @rmelogli

22 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Add Content to Empty Cart Page

  1. hi Rodolfo. working fine.

    add_action( 'woocommerce_cart_is_empty', 'bbloomer_add_content_empty_cart' );
    function bbloomer_add_content_empty_cart() {
       echo '<h2>Top Selling Products</h2>';
       echo do_shortcode( '[products ids="4651,2906,2601,2445"]' );
    1. Nice!

  2. Works great. Thank you sir!

    1. Yay!

  3. Couple of things

    1) Thanks for add content snippet – working just fine

    2) I’m having a heck of a problem CSS targeting the return to shop button so just want to remove it but it’s a filter rather than an action I think (woocommerce_return_to_shop_redirect). What is best way to remove it ?

    1. Hey Richard, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately you can’t remove the button without overriding the cart-empty.php template files. Why not changing the call to action and redirect URL instead?

  4. Hi,

    It has been a year since this post but is it possible to list products instead of just writing a text?

    Great blog and video series by the way.

    Thanks a lot.

    1. Thank you Vince! You can also echo a shortcode, such as a WooCommerce “products” shortcode: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-shortcodes/#section-6

    2. This is just perfect. Combined with some extra div and CSS.

      Thank you very much.

  5. Hello Rodolfo. Working great. Thank you very much. 🙂

    If you can help, how can add add the text under shop button?

    1. Excellent, thanks Jerina! Yes, this is possible – but unfortunately this is custom work and I cannot provide a complementary solution here via the blog comments. Thanks a lot for your understanding! ~R

    2. I totally understand 🙂 Thank you

  6. Hi Rodolfo,

    Enjoying your blog – a lot of great tips on Woocommerce for a first-time WC developer like me.

    I had a question.. in your example above, you use the echo function to output the text. But throughout the WC code, I’ve noticed they use __() or _e() function to output text. Would it be better to use the following

    function bbloomer_add_content_empty_cart() {
      _e( 'Your cart is currently empty.', 'woocommerce' )

    instead of the echo function you have used?

    1. Hey Maclein, thanks for your comment! Yes, of course, that is a way to make the string translatable – a much better way to echo strings.

  7. Hi Rodolfo,

    I need to add content (Text and image) about the “your cart is currently empty” text.

    Your amazing snippet adds text below the “your cart is currently empty” text.

    Please advise.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hello Kelly, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately you can’t, as the “woocommerce_cart_is_empty” hook gets called after the ‘Your cart is currently empty.’ string, so there is no way to do so without overriding the template. FYI, I asked WooCommerce to enhance this: https://github.com/woocommerce/woocommerce/issues/14519 – hope this helps!

      1. Thanks for the quick response,
        You’re the best!

    2. Just a thought (for anyone reading this now, a year later). Remove the your cart is empty action (wc_empty_cart_message) and then add whatever text and image you want below it.

    3. Just to elaborate on Richard’s comment – the ‘Your cart is currently empty’ message can be removed as follows:

      remove_action( 'woocommerce_cart_is_empty', 'wc_empty_cart_message', 10 );

      A similar approach can be used across any WC template. The way to work it out is to take a look at the e.g. cart-empty.php template – before the call to

      do_action( 'woocommerce_cart_is_empty' );

      , there’s a comment
      /* * @hooked wc_empty_cart_message – 10 */ – that tells you which action to remove, and the associated priority number.

      Hope that helps someone reading this post…

      1. Yep, awesome stuff Sarah 🙂

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