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Have you ever wondered why your WooCommerce order status is stuck at “Processing”? In short — that may be the expected behavior. If the product isn’t virtual, the WooCommerce order status always remains “Processing” because the payment is completed, but the delivery of the order is not.  “Processing” doesn’t mean it’s processing payment — it means it’s being processed/fulfilled by the site owner. All payment gateways in WooCommerce will update the status to “Processing” once the payment is done. When you deliver the product, mark it as completed.

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If the product is “Virtual” and “Downloadable”, the order status will automatically be “Completed” because you don’t have to deliver the product and there is nothing to process.

Read more details about the order statuses in WooCommerce.

If you want to make the orders as “Completed” without “Processing” for all products, you can use the following custom code snippet:

 * Auto Complete all WooCommerce orders.
 * return @void
add_action( 'woocommerce_thankyou', 'sa1494_woocommerce_auto_complete_order' );
function sa1494_woocommerce_auto_complete_order( $order_id ) { 

    if ( ! $order_id ) {

    $order = wc_get_order( $order_id );
    $order->update_status( 'completed' );

In case it helps, here’s how to easily add custom code snippets to your WordPress site. You can also use WooCommerce hook after successful payment instead of “woocommerce_thankyou” which may be more suitable for your use case.

That’s all. Are you looking to do something after the order is completed?

WooCommerce order status stuck at “Processing”? Here’s why.
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Sanjeev Aryal

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8 thoughts on “WooCommerce order status stuck at “Processing”? Here’s why.

  • December 12, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    My orders for a magazine are in “Processing,” but they are not going through to the bank. This just is a recent development. All the Woo Commerce plugins are updated.

    • December 13, 2023 at 3:19 am

      That isn’t the expected behaviour. Maybe some WooCommerce extensions are modifiying the behaviour. I’d rule out any plugin conflict first. However please note that for the status to be “Completed” the product should be virtual + downloadable.

  • December 11, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    My products are set to virtual, however woocommerce is still stuck at the processing stage. Everything else works i.e. i get paid and the client gets processed.

    What else could this be?

    • December 13, 2023 at 3:21 am

      Just a note that the product should be virtual + downloadable for it’s status to be automatically “Completed”.

  • March 26, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I have cc this code snippet nevertheless I receive some errors. Is this a Javascript, HTML or what kind of snippet?

  • February 2, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    I added this code and it works however now the dashboard icon ‘orders’ which has a red circle showing the current number of orders is not being updated. Do you have a fix for this?

    • February 3, 2023 at 10:46 am

      That number in the icon should be updated by default. It counts the number of “processing” orders in the orders page. You may count the orders again.


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