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

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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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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