WooCommerce: Get Draft Product URL

Now, this is a bit of a niche tutorial, but it may come useful you need to get a product permalink when it’s still a draft. As you can see from the screenshot below, this is helpful when the product URL is very long – in such a case WordPress truncates the “Permalink” string and you can’t really copy/paste.

For example, you may need the product URL for a scheduled blog post, a future newsletter, an email; in whatever case, this is a cool way to “get” the product URL and print it in the “Publish” meta box of the single product edit page. Enjoy!

A very long product permalink is truncated by WordPress and can’t be copied/pasted when the product is still a draft. This snippet will print the entire URL in the Publish meta box, so that you can easily copy/paste

PHP Snippet: Get Draft Product Permalink @ WordPress Dashboard > Single Product Edit Page

 * @snippet       Get Draft Product Permalink @ WooCommerce Edit Product
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 7
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add_action( 'post_submitbox_misc_actions', 'bbloomer_future_product_URL', 9999 );

function bbloomer_future_product_URL() {
	global $post, $post_id, $product_object;
	if ( 'product' !== $post->post_type ) {
	list( $permalink, $postname ) = get_sample_permalink( $post_id );
	echo '<div class="misc-pub-section">Slug: <strong style="word-break: break-all">' . str_replace( '%pagename%', $postname, $permalink ) . '</strong></div>';

Note – if you want to get and display the permalink elsewhere, for example on the frontend, you may need to add a require statement before the get_sample_permalink call (source: this StackOverflow answer):

require_once ABSPATH . '/wp-admin/includes/post.php';

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.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Get Draft Product URL

  1. Will the url code trick only work for product pages, or can it also work for pages and post that are in draft?

    1. Works with any post type, just remove the post type check inside the function

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