WooCommerce: Get Customer Second Last Order

There is a native, handy way to get a WooCommerce customer’s last order: wc_get_customer_last_order( $customer_id )

This time, I want to write some custom code to get the second last order instead. We will indeed reuse most of the above function code and change it slightly. Enjoy!

This is the native code to get a customer’s last order within WooCommerce core. Let’s use this to create a custom function to get the second last order instead!

PHP Snippet: Get WooCommerce Customer Second Last Order

Please note below the only minor difference from the “last order” code:

LIMIT 1 , 1

This gets the second last record inside the database (the second “1” is the offset).

To return the second last order, use bbloomer_get_second_last_order_cot( 123 ), where “123” is the customer ID. This snippet is already compatible with HPOS.

 * @snippet       Get Customer Second Last Order
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 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 8
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use Automattic\WooCommerce\Utilities\OrderUtil;

function bbloomer_get_second_last_order_cot( $customer_id ) {
	global $wpdb;
	$order_statuses_sql = "( '" . implode( "','", array_map( 'esc_sql', array_keys( wc_get_order_statuses() ) ) ) . "' )";
	if ( OrderUtil::custom_orders_table_usage_is_enabled() ) {
		$sql = $wpdb->prepare(
			'SELECT id FROM ' . OrdersTableDataStore::get_orders_table_name() . "
				WHERE customer_id = %d
				AND status in $order_statuses_sql
				LIMIT 1 , 1",
		$second_last_order_id = $wpdb->get_var( $sql );
	} else {
		$second_last_order_id = $wpdb->get_var(
			"SELECT posts.ID
				FROM $wpdb->posts AS posts
				LEFT JOIN {$wpdb->postmeta} AS meta on posts.ID = meta.post_id
				WHERE meta.meta_key = '_customer_user'
				AND meta.meta_value = '" . esc_sql( $customer_id ) . "'
				AND posts.post_type = 'shop_order'
				AND posts.post_status IN $order_statuses_sql
				ORDER BY posts.ID DESC
				LIMIT 1 , 1"
	if ( ! $second_last_order_id ) {
		return false;
	return wc_get_order( absint( $second_last_order_id ) );

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.

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