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Hello fellow WordPress enthusiasts,

I have been working on my online store using Woocommerce and have come across a little challenge. I have set up a variable product with multiple variations, but now I need to delete one of the variations programmatically in PHP.

I have been trying to find a solution for this issue, but so far, I haven't found any clear instructions or code examples on how to achieve this. I would appreciate it if someone could guide me through the process or provide me with some code snippets that I can use to delete a specific variation from a Woocommerce variable product using PHP.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hey everyone,

I just wanted to share my experience in deleting a variation from a Woocommerce variable product programmatically.

To accomplish this, I used a combination of WordPress hooks and custom PHP code. First, I hooked into the `wp_loaded` action, which allowed me to access the Woocommerce functions and manipulate product data.

Within my function, I retrieved the variation ID that I wanted to remove. Then, I used the `WC_Product_Variable` class to get the parent product object. From there, I called the `get_children` method to retrieve all the variations associated with the parent product.

To remove the specific variation, I utilized the `unset` function on the array of variations, passing in the variation ID as the key.

Finally, I called the `save` method on the parent product object to persist the changes to the database.

Here's a code snippet to give you an idea:

add_action('wp_loaded', 'delete_variation');

function delete_variation() {
$variation_id = 456; // Replace with the ID of the variation you want to delete

$product = new WC_Product_Variable($product_id);
$variations = $product->get_children();

if (($key = array_search($variation_id, $variations)) !== false) {


Please note that you should replace `456` with the actual ID of the variation you wish to delete.

Remember to place this code in your theme's `functions.php` file or create a custom plugin, and then execute it by loading any page on your site.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or face any issues. Good luck!


Hey there!

I had a similar situation where I needed to delete a variation from a Woocommerce variable product. After doing some digging, I found a solution that worked for me. Here's how I achieved it.

First, you need to locate the ID of the variation you want to delete. You can find this by going to the backend of your WordPress site, navigating to the product page, and inspecting the variation you want to remove. Note down the ID for future reference.

Next, you can use the `wc_delete_product_variation` function to delete the variation programmatically. Make sure you pass the variation ID as an argument to this function. Here's a sample code snippet that should help you out:

$variation_id = 123; // Replace with your actual variation ID

if (wc_delete_product_variation($variation_id)) {
echo "Variation deleted successfully!";
} else {
echo "Error deleting variation.";

Place this code in a PHP file, like your theme's `functions.php` or a custom plugin file. When you run this code, it will delete the specified variation from your Woocommerce variable product.

Remember to replace `123` with the actual ID of the variation you want to delete.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions or run into any issues.

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