Find and trash specific orders

Locate and trash all orders matching a specific status and name or email address in batches of 500. Very useful after a credit card guessing attack has left unauthorized/uncharged orders behind. Then manually empty the trash and if times out, return and repeat until clean. Most servers can empty around 500 orders at a time before timeouts are reached, but this varies by site.

Consider our free Woo Prune Orders plugin for trashing orders by status and date limit.

add_action( 'admin_notices', function() {

	// Selection Criteria
	$args = [
		'billing_first_name' => 'John',
		'billing_email' => '[email protected]',
		'billing_last_name' => 'Smith',
		'limit' => 500,
		'status' => [ 'wc-failed', 'wc-cancelled' ],

	// Query Orders
	$orders = wc_get_orders( $args );

	// Print Size Or Bail
	if( is_countable( $orders ) ) {
		printf( '<p>Batch size %d orders:</p>', sizeof( $orders ) );
	} else {
		echo wpautop( 'No orders found' );

	// Loop Them
	foreach( $orders as $order ) {

		// Print Order Numbers
		echo $order->get_id() . ' ';

		// Trash Them


} );

How to use

  1. Log into a staging, development, or locally hosted clone of your site
  2. Install and activate Code Snippets
  3. WP Admin > Snippets > Add New
  4. Copy and paste the code from the Description tab above
  5. Check to ensure formatting came over properly and no syntax errors show up in the editor
  6. Customize the code as desired
  7. Add a meaningful title
  8. Select whether to run on front-end or back-end (or both)
  9. Click “Save and Activate”
  10. Test your site to ensure it works
  11. Disable if any problems, or recover
  12. Repeat for live environment


All code snippets are licensed GPLv2 (or later) matching WordPress licensing.

Disclaimer of warranty:

Except when otherwise stated in writing the copyright holders and/or other parties provide the program as-is without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.


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