WooCommerce: Automatically Complete Processing Orders

If you wish to mark paid orders as “Completed” automatically (i.e. without having to manually login to the site and “check” processing orders one by one), you can use the code below.

What is more, this snippet will completely skip the “Processing” order status transition, which means no “Order Processing” email notification will trigger either. Once again, these 4 lines of code could save you millions of hours… hope this helps!

A paid order (via Stripe) is not getting the “Processing” status any longer – instead, it’s going straight to “Completed”

PHP Snippet: Autocomplete WooCommerce Paid Orders

 * @snippet       Programmatically Complete Paid WooCommerce Orders
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @testedwith    WooCommerce 3.8
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/

add_filter( 'woocommerce_payment_complete_order_status', 'bbloomer_autocomplete_processing_orders', 9999 );

function bbloomer_autocomplete_processing_orders() {
   return 'completed';

Where to add custom code?

You should place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file and CSS at the bottom of its 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 guide "Should I Add Custom Code Via WP Editor, FTP or Code Snippets?" and my video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything went 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.

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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.

12 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Automatically Complete Processing Orders

  1. In the Woocommerce official documentation, they suggests to use `add_action` on `woocommerce_thankyou` instead of `add_filter` on `woocommerce_order_status_completed`.

    Any comments on the pros and cons of each?



    1. I have also tested both solution, seems like the one in WooCommerce documentation works but this does not.

      1. Thanks for your comments Ken. This snippet works fine, I use it here on Business Bloomer as well. Do you use a custom payment gateway or one that is not developed by WooCommerce?

        The main difference between the two is here: “this [Business Bloomer] snippet will completely skip the “Processing” order status transition, which means no “Order Processing” email notification will trigger either”

        1. Thanks for your reply, I am using the WooSa adyen plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/integration-adyen-woocommerce/).

          1. Fair enough, I see it’s a pretty new plugin, so if I were you I’d contact support and see if a fix is needed

  2. Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to auto-complete for selected product categories only?

    1. I suggest you take a look at “conditional logic”: https://businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-conditional-logic-ultimate-php-guide/. Enjoy 🙂

  3. The code snippet works great to automatically mark an order as completed after payment has been processed, thank you. But it seems as if it doesn’t trigger the hook woocommerce_order_status_completed.

    I have to manually change the status of the order in the backend. En then manually change the order status to completed before the hook woocommerce_order_status_completed – and my custom code hooked to this – gets triggered.

    Have you experienced this? Any suggestions? (WooCommerce 3.9.3)

    1. Sounds weird to me, honestly. This works fine on my setup

  4. PS. I wonder if your snippet could be merged with this one somehow?:


    I’m in need of a solution for WooCommerce subscription products that I would like to have auto-completed.

    1. Hey Jonas, 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!

  5. Thank you! This is a really useful snippet!

    Was wondering if there’s a way to make it only apply to orders that only contain virtual products?


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