Disable Individual Theme Update Notification WordPress

You can disable the WordPress update notification/nag for a single individual theme with the following code snippet added to your functions.php:

 * Disable individual theme update notification WordPress
function disable_theme_update_notification( $value ) {
    if ( isset( $value ) && is_object( $value ) ) {
        unset( $value->response['twentytwelve'] );
    return $value;
add_filter( 'site_transient_update_themes', 'disable_theme_update_notification' );

This snippet added to functions.php or a plugin will hide/disable the update notification for a single individual WordPress theme.

Disable individual theme update notification WordPress

Use Case: the reason I needed this is that we recently created a new theme, however, I wanted to keep the old theme around temporarily due to a number of reasons. This old theme was build on the WordPress TwentyTwelve theme and looking at the update notification for the theme everyday offended my sense of order and neatness. Hence, the reason I wanted to disable the update notification for this particular theme.

Post written by Ed Reckers

Founder and lead web development consultant at Red Bridge Internet : San Francisco WordPress Developers and Consultants.

9 Responses to “Disable Individual Theme Update Notification WordPress”

  1. Chuck

    Thanks … just what I needed.

  2. Davide De Maestri

    Finally someone that solved the problem answering the question right! Thank you!

  3. Steven van den E

    Awesome! This helped us to hide the theme update notification for a custom theme with a similar name for a WP theme that was added later by someone.

  4. Adam

    Worked like a charm. Thank you!

  5. Me

    Thanks self! 5 years later I needed to do this again and here we are back again!

  6. Lucas

    Doesnt work for me 🙁

  7. Ed Reckers


    I just implemented this myself and it does appear to still work.

  8. Martijn Oud

    Thanks, worked great for me!

    You probably need to replace “twentytwelve” with your theme name if this isn’t working for you.

  9. RobinF

    Worked perfectly, just had to change the “theme_name” to the theme I wanted to exclude from update nag, obviously.
    Thanks so much….!

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