WooCommerce: Update User Meta After a Successful Order

When an order is placed in WooCommerce, you might want to change/add something in the User Meta programmatically.

For example, you could “check” a custom checkbox in the User Profile. Or maybe assign the User Twitter username. And so on ๐Ÿ™‚

WooCommerce: edit user meta after successful checkout

PHP Snippet: Update User Meta After a Successful Order in WooCommerce

In this example, we’re saving the customer IP address into a user custom field. You can get other order data by checking https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-easily-get-order-info-total-items-etc-from-order-object/.

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add_action( 'woocommerce_thankyou', 'bbloomer_checkout_save_user_meta' );

function bbloomer_checkout_save_user_meta( $order_id ) {
	$order = wc_get_order( $order_id );
	$user_id = $order->get_user_id();
	if ( $order->get_customer_ip_address() ) {  
		update_user_meta( $user_id, 'latest_ip_address', $order->get_customer_ip_address() );

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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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. Follow @rmelogli

12 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Update User Meta After a Successful Order

  1. Thank you for the concept of this article. It may help me accomplish my goal.

    I would like to create a snippet that updates a user meta field with the most recent products purchased on a woocommerce order as a basic list separated by commas. Is this possible? I think I know I’ll need the following.

    ‘meta_field_name’, $order->get_items()

    But I don’t know how to make the list of items to appear in the ACF meta field (which is a text field).

    Can you suggest what I’d need to do?

    1. Hi Jared, first of all, I would not use “get_items” as you save an array of objects, where each object contains a lot of information. It would be easier to store product IDs only, so you could loop through “get_items” and get the IDs only. As per the actual functionality, 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!

  2. Hi, thanks for the great snippet.
    A hopefully quick question:
    I’m trying to associate a job listing created during the order process with the woocommerce user. The job listing id is in the order meta as _job_listing and I want to use your code above to link it to the user.
    My one concern is that a user could have multiple job listings associated with their account. Will the code above replace existing ones or simply append this new job listing id to existing ones in the user meta?

    1. Hi Paul, as long as I know you can pass an array as meta value, which means you can “get” the existing meta value and concatenate an additional array value to it. Hope this helps

  3. Hi Rodolfo! I follow your blog for WooCommerce. It’s amazing your work.
    Just update the code for the woo-commerce order. I use

    $order = wc_get_order( $order_id );
    1. Thank you!

  4. Hi,

    Im not a developer.

    But how can i update simply the order_id in the user data? (Because it is now in the post meta i think).

    Tx in advance!

    1. Hey Ben – thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is possible – but unfortunately this is custom work and I cannot provide a complementary solution here via the blog comments. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding! ~R

  5. great with all your articles
    can you pls tell me how to update a custom type after the order is complete.
    i use:

    add_action( 'user_register', 'wpse_216921_woocommerce_orders', 10, 1 );
    function wpse_216921_woocommerce_orders( $user_id )
        // Get user info
        $user_info = get_userdata( $user_id );
        // Create a new post
        $user_post = array(
            'post_title'  => 'WooCommerce' . ' - ' . $user_info->user_email,
            'post_type'   => 'orders',
            'post_status' => 'publish',
        // Insert the post into the database
        $post_id = wp_insert_post( $user_post );
        // Add custom order info as custom fields
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'firstname', $user_info->user_firstname );
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'lastname', $user_info->user_lastname );
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'email', $user_info->user_email );
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'member', $user_info->ID );
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'status', 'ERR' );

    o create a custom post type after user register, i want after order is complete to have:

        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'status', 'OK' ); 

    can you pls help me? also min my code first name and last name is not working using woocomerce register (only with normal register) have any glue why?

    1. Marius, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is possible – but unfortunately this is custom work and I cannot provide a complementary solution here via the blog comments. Thanks a lot for your understanding! ~R

  6. Love your site Rodolfo!
    I have used several of your code snippets with great success. One change I made with this one (see below) was prompted by a deprecated code warning from woocommerce regarding accessing user_ids. Thanks again for all your tireless work for helping use neophytes learn how to customize woocommerce.

    $order = new WC_Order( $order_id );
    // $user_id = $order->user_id;
    $user_id = $order->get_user_id();
    1. Fantastic, thanks so much for your help ๐Ÿ™‚

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