Here is a way to add WooCommerce cart icon to a menu with the cart item count, it links to the cart page and displays the number of items that have been added to the cart.

Cart Icon In Menu

The code uses three functions which need to be added to functions.php and some CSS in style.css.

(If you just want the icon only – the process is a lot easier)

Create a shortcode for the WooCommerce cart, this can be appended to a menu or just added anywhere in your theme templates or hooked in with actions in the theme.

Create Shortcode

The shortcode, in this case, would be [woo_cart_but]

Filter to enable Ajax on the Cart Count

Add a filter to get the cart count to update when it changes using the Ajax fragments.

Add Cart Icon to an existing menu

The third code snippet it to add to a menu using a variant of wp_nav_menu_items the variant being to specify an actual menu in the filter, in the example the menu has an id of ‘top-menu‘ – so the filter name can be adjusted like so wp_nav_menu_top-menu_items

If your menu had the ID of primary-menu – the filter name would be changed to wp_nav_menu_primary-menu_items etc

(Add Cart Icon by itself)

If you wanted the Cart Icon by itself (not in a menu) – you can use the shortcode or for PHP template files you can use do_shortcode

<?php echo do_shortcode("[woo_cart_but]"); ?>


Finally, add some CSS…

That’s it a working icon with cart count items displaying.

Display Icon Only

If you don’t care for the cart count functionality the process is a lot easier, you simply add the Cart page to the desired menu in WordPress menus and add the icon code in the Navigation label.

Add Cart Woocommerce Menu

In the above, a Fontawesome 5 icon is being used as it is already loaded in the theme.



  1. Timothy O'Brien on April 26, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Great, but wheres the plug in version of this for us armchair coders?

  2. Eve on April 15, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    I would like my cart icon to be next the the search in the upper right on the homepage. How do I get it there? Right now it wraps off the primary menu. Here is my code.

    add_filter(‘wp_nav_menu_items’,’sk_wcmenucart’, 10, 2);
    function sk_wcmenucart($menu, $args) {

    // Check if WooCommerce is active and add a new item to a menu assigned to Primary Navigation Menu location
    if ( !in_array( ‘woocommerce/woocommerce.php’, apply_filters( ‘active_plugins’, get_option( ‘active_plugins’ ) ) ) || ‘primary’ !== $args->theme_location )
    return $menu;

    global $woocommerce;
    $viewing_cart = __(‘View your shopping cart’, ‘your-theme-slug’);
    $start_shopping = __(‘Start shopping’, ‘your-theme-slug’);
    $cart_url = $woocommerce->cart->get_cart_url();
    $shop_page_url = get_permalink( woocommerce_get_page_id( ‘shop’ ) );
    $cart_contents_count = $woocommerce->cart->cart_contents_count;
    $cart_contents = sprintf(_n(‘%d item’, ‘%d items’, $cart_contents_count, ‘your-theme-slug’), $cart_contents_count);
    $cart_total = $woocommerce->cart->get_cart_total();
    // Uncomment the line below to hide nav menu cart item when there are no items in the cart
    // if ( $cart_contents_count > 0 ) {
    if ($cart_contents_count == 0) {
    $menu_item = ‘‘;
    } else {
    $menu_item = ‘

    $menu_item .= ‘ ‘;

    $menu_item .= $cart_contents.’ – ‘. $cart_total;
    $menu_item .= ‘
    // Uncomment the line below to hide nav menu cart item when there are no items in the cart
    // }
    echo $menu_item;
    $social = ob_get_clean();
    return $menu . $social;


  3. Fred Best on March 2, 2020 at 11:48 pm


    This all looks good, but there is a ‘bullet point’ and this indents the cart see here:

    How is this removed?

  4. Radek on February 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Great Work, Thanks!!

  5. Benjamin Hodge on February 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Good morning. I added the 3 PHP snippets to my child theme’s functions.php file, and I added the CSS to the Additional CSS. In Appearance > Menus my top navigation menu is named TopNavMenu, and when I inspect the top navigation menu I see “menu-topnavmenu” as the id. Assuming that is correct, I updated the cart-add-menu.php to “add_filter( ‘wp_nav_menu_menu-topnavmenu_items’, ‘woo_cart_but_icon’, 10, 2 ); // Change menu to suit – example uses ‘top-menu'”.

    After doing that (and saving functions.php) I’m still not seeing the cart in the menu. What am I doing wrong? Am I overlooking something simple? Please help. Thank you.

  6. Hove on February 3, 2020 at 2:41 am

    My menu slug is top-navigation and I’ve added this code:
    add_filter( ‘wp_nav_menu_top-navigation_items’, ‘woo_cart_but_icon’, 10, 2 );
    I am setting a global variable in woo_cart_but_icon function to see if it’s being called and it’s not being called. Why?

  7. Bogdan on January 29, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the short code it looks great, but in my case it does not show number of items in the cart, only the cart icon.

  8. Matt on January 11, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you for this snippet – it works great.
    I’m wondering how to make it so the cart icon / shortcode only displays when something is added to cart, with AJAX.
    I modified the code so it only shows when there is an item but I don’t understand how to make it refresh without reloading the page.

  9. Mark MacLean on November 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Neil, I can’t seem to get the icon to show up in my menu. If I paste the “” in my template, it shows up – but not where I want it to be. I really need it to be part of the menu. My menu id is “primary-menu”. Here is the code in the functions.php file:
    add_filter( ‘wp_nav_menu_primary-menu_items’, ‘woo_cart_but_icon’, 10, 2 ); // Change menu to suit – example uses ‘top-menu’

    * Add WooCommerce Cart Menu Item Shortcode to particular menu
    function woo_cart_but_icon ( $items, $args ) {
    $items .= ‘[woo_cart_but]’; // Adding the created Icon via the shortcode already created

    return $items;

    What am I doing wrong?

  10. Stephan on November 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the great code snippets. They are awesome.

    However, I needed to adjust the menu add_filter thus the Font Awesome Icon disappeared on the cart page all the time.

    add_filter( ‘wp_nav_menu_main-menu_items’, ‘woo_cart_but_icon’, 10, 2 ); // Change menu to suit – example uses ‘top-menu’

    * Add WooCommerce Cart Menu Item Shortcode to particular menu
    function woo_cart_but_icon ( $items, $args ) {
    if (is_page(‘cart’)) {
    return $items;// just show the menu w/o the cart icon
    $items .= do_shortcode(‘[woo_cart_but]’) ; // Adding the created Icon via the shortcode already created
    return $items;

    Maybe you have an idea why this happens. Once I refreshed the cart page and I saw the icon loading but disappearing after a second.

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

  11. Christoph on October 21, 2019 at 6:42 am

    It works fine … but how can u add the total amount of price left to the right item numbers?

  12. STUDIOTOPO on September 15, 2019 at 11:19 am


    thank you, it works fine.

    But not working on the cart page: if I change the quantity and click ‘update cart’ button, the mini cart does not update…

    Any chance to fix this?

  13. Cristien on May 20, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Neil, can you tell me how to append the shortcode to the menu?
    I am a beginner and this step is vital for it to work correctly.

  14. Miguel on May 1, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    This is awesome thanks so much <3

  15. Erik Chavez on April 30, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I got the shortcode to display the number of items in the cart, but the icon is missing. What am I doing wrong?

  16. Owen Fletcher on April 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I found that the code on line 9 needed to be changed to “$items .= do_shortcode(‘[woo_cart_but]’) ;” & this generates the shortcode correctly.

  17. Sean on April 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I did all the steps above but I am getting the [woo_cart_but] part only to show on the menu. There is no icon, and it isn’t even linking. I copied the three segments in to my template.php file.

    Is there additional code that is required?

    • Neil Gowran on April 20, 2019 at 11:51 pm

      The code functions need to be in functions.php the shortcode can be added in templates files/widgets/pagebuilders etc

  18. Chris Coffin on April 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Where does the code snippet go?
    shortcodeoutput = do_shortcode( ‘[woo_cart_but]’ );
    items .= $shortcodeoutput; // Adding the created Icon via the shortcode already created

    When I place it my functions.php it breaks the site.

    • Neil Gowran on April 20, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      This would go in the template file not functions.php but not needed if you are using the add to menu method in the 3rd function.

  19. Neil Smart on March 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Use this code to display/add shortcode to menu:

    $shortcodeoutput = do_shortcode( ‘[woo_cart_but]’ );
    $items .= $shortcodeoutput; // Adding the created Icon via the shortcode already created

  20. Scott Rod on March 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    This is displaying the shortcode as plain text as a menu item. In other words, it’s not returning a number of items even though there’s several items in the cart.

    • Cristien Lefrancois on May 25, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      I am also only getting plain text. The fontawesome icon is showing up but [woo_cart_but] is showing in plain text beside the icon in the menu.

      • Transcendant on September 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        I’ve added “do_shortcode” in the woo_cart_but_icon function and it worked for me. Like so:
        function woo_cart_but_icon ( $items, $args ) {
        $items .= do_shortcode(‘[woo_cart_but]’); // Adding the created Icon via the shortcode already created


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