How to pass arguments from add_settings_field() to the callback function?

The question:

I have a function like this:

add_settings_field( 'contact_phone', 'Contact Phone', 'settings_callback', 'general');

That works. It calls settings_callback. Cool. The problem I have with this is: I don’t want to have to define a callback function for every setting I add, if all I’m doing is echoing out a little bit of stuff.

function settings_callback()
    echo '<input id="contact_phone" type="text" class="regular-text" name="contact_phone" />';

Why on earth should I have to do that? The id, class, and name should all be params.

Is there no way to pass params to the settings_callback function? I started looking at the core, got here:

..and ran into this $wp_settings_fields global. Where is this defined?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Look at the declaration for the function:

function add_settings_field(
    $section = 'default',
    $args    = array()
) { }

The last parameter takes your arguments and passes them to the callback function.

Example from my plugin Public Contact Data

foreach ($this->fields as $type => $desc) {
  $handle = $this->option_name . "_$type";
  $args   = array(
      'label_for' => $handle,
      'type'      => $type
  $callback = array($this, 'print_input_field');


The function print_input_field() gets these arguments as first parameter:

 * Input fields in 'wp-admin/options-general.php'
 * @see    add_contact_fields()
 * @param  array $args Arguments send by add_contact_fields()
 * @return void
public function print_input_field( array $args )
    $type   = $args['type'];
    $id     = $args['label_for'];
    $data   = get_option( $this->option_name, array() );
    $value  = $data[ $type ];

    'email' == $type and '' == $value and $value = $this->admin_mail;
    $value  = esc_attr( $value );
    $name   = $this->option_name . '[' . $type . ']';
    $desc   = $this->get_shortcode_help( $type );

    print "<input type='$type' value='$value' name='$name' id='$id'
        class='regular-text code' /> <span class='description'>$desc</span>";

No need to touch a global variable.

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