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Add A Custom Field To An Order In WooCommerce 3+

In WooCommerce, I would like to add a new custom field to order details. I now that I can use use the code below to create a new custom field 'referenceNumber' and adds in it "ordercreated" value:

update_post_meta($order_id, 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated']);

What I would like is to make that through checkout once an order is placed.

But it doesn't work it doesn't add a new custom field to order details page and don't add the value 'ordercreated', as you can see in this screenshot:

screenshot

So the question is how to add a custom field when an order is placed in WooCommerce?

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Answer

To add a custom field to an order you can use:

  • WordPress update_post_meta() function (from an order id):

    $order_id = $order->get_id(); // If needed
    
    update_post_meta($order_id, 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated'); // add and save the custom field
    
  • WooCommerce WC_Dataupdate_meta_data() method (from the order object or the order id):

    $order = wc_get_order( $order_id ); // If needed: Get the WC_Order object from the order Id
    
    update_meta_data('referenceNumber', 'ordercreated'); // Add the custom field
    
    $order->save(); // Save the data
    

Where referenceNumber is the meta key and ordercreated is the meta value. Both works.


Now to add a custom field to an order when customer place an order, you can use:

  • woocommerce_checkout_create_order action hook (before order data is saved - used to adjust order data before it's saved):

    add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_create_order', 'add_custom_field_on_placed_order', 10, 2 );
    function add_custom_field_on_placed_order( $order, $data ){
        $order->update_meta_data( 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated' );
    }
    
  • woocommerce_checkout_update_order_meta action hook (order already exist - used to add custom meta data):

    add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_create_order', 'add_custom_field_on_placed_order', 10, 2 );
    function add_custom_field_on_placed_order( $order_id, $data ){
        $order->update_meta_data( 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated' );
    }
    
  • woocommerce_checkout_order_created action hook (order already exist - to trigger an action or also to add custom meta data):

    add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_order_created', 'add_custom_field_on_placed_order', 10, 2 );
    function add_custom_field_on_placed_order( $order_id, $data ){
        $order->update_meta_data( 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated' ); // Add the custom field
        $order->save(); // Save data (as order exist yet)
    }
    

    Or:

    add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_order_created', 'add_custom_field_on_placed_order' );
    function add_custom_field_on_placed_order( $order ){
        update_post_meta($order->get_id(), 'referenceNumber', 'ordercreated');
    }
    

Code goes in functions.php file of your active child theme (or active theme). Tested and works.

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source: stackoverflow.com
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