WooCommerce: Check If Product Is A Subscription

We’ve already found out how to check if a WooCommerce product is simple, variable, grouped… Today we add more conditional tags as we study which WooCommerce “product types” are included within the official WooCommerce Subscriptions extension.

There are two new product types in such case: “Simple Subscription” and “Variable Subscription”, with the difference being you can offer multiple billing periods within the same product page (choice between daily, monthly and yearly for example) with the latter.

So, how do we know if a given product ID is a subscription, and also whether it’s a simple or variable one? Here’s the quick solution – enjoy!

You can create a “simple subscription” or a “variable subscription” product thanks to WooCommerce Subscriptions plugin. But how do we know if the product is a subscription from the frontend?

PHP: check if product ID is a subscription

$product = wc_get_product( $product_id );
if ( class_exists( 'WC_Subscriptions_Product' ) && WC_Subscriptions_Product::is_subscription( $product ) ) {
   // do something

PHP: check if product ID is a Simple subscription

$product = wc_get_product( $product_id );
if ( $product->is_type( 'subscription' ) ) {
   // do something

PHP: check if product ID is a Variable subscription

$product = wc_get_product( $product_id );
if ( $product->is_type( 'variable-subscription' ) ) {
   // do something

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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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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.

4 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Check If Product Is A Subscription

  1. I believe the type is subscription_variation if its a variable product.

  2. wc_get_product( $product_id )
    I cannot get any result write this but when add numeric product id it works. How can I get product id programmatically?

    1. It depends. On which page are you? In general, you should call:

      global $product

      and then you can get the ID and other properties via https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-easily-get-product-info-title-sku-desc-product-object/

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