Action: RCB/Templates/TechnicalHandlingIntegration

do_action( 'RCB/Templates/TechnicalHandlingIntegration', $integration )

This filter is only intended for developers, which addresses the following scenario:

  • You are working on a plugin, which embeds e.g. Google Analytics.
  • You now want to build an integration to Real Cookie Banner, your users should be able to get consent for Google Analytics as comfortable as possible.
  • You as plugin developer need to ensure that Google Analytics is not embedded twice (through your plugin and Real Cookie Banner).

Note: Google Analytics is only used as an example here to better illustrate the integration. This works with all integrations which need to change the way how Real Cookie Banner inject scripts (Opt-in, opt-out).

For this to work technically clean and with a good UX, you need to consider the following things:

  1. Recommend service: So that your user base doesn't have to figure out on their own which services need to be created, this filter is used to display the service in the Real Cookie Banner service scanner so that the service can be created with just one click.
  2. Double injection: You need to prevent Real Cookie Banner from "double" embedding Google Analytics, as this is already done by your plugin.
  3. Consent API: Ensure that no JavaScript code is executed that depends on the Google Analytics API gtag, for example. We may need to "wrap" these calls with our Consent API so that it waits for consent. See below "But how can I wait for consent in my script?".

Filter usage

This section covers the integration for point Recommend service and Double injection.

In our example, your plugin already embeds Google Analytics. Now to make sure that Real Cookie Banner does not embed this again, we can easily use this filter. The filter also ensures that the template is displayed in the Service Scanner:

add_action("RCB/Templates/TechnicalHandlingIntegration", function($integration) {
    if (
         // google_analytics_embed_active() is a example function which checks if Google Analytics embed is active in your plugin
         google_analytics_embed_active() &&
         // Replace __FILE__ with your main plugin file (the absolute path to your `your-plugin/your-plugin.php` file)
         // See also
         $integration->integrate(__FILE__, 'google-analytics-analytics-4'))
         // Disable opt-in and opt-out script

Where do I find this google-analytics-analytics-4 identifier? This identifier is unique per template and should definitely be used for matching. You will find the respective identifier when you create the service in Real Cookie Banner, in the form in the field "Unique Identifier".

The filter is not fired, why?

Since the calculation of the templates can be compute-intensive, this is cached of course. Basically, the template cache is emptied every day, and when you activate or deactivate a plugin. If you provide an option in your plugin that disables Google Fonts inclusion, for example, this will not immediately clear the template cache and perform the calculation again.

Should you technically save the option via WordPress' official Options API, you can use the following snippet to automatically clear the template cache with our wp_rcb_invalidate_templates_cache(true) API together with the update_option_{$option} hook:

// Replace my_plugin_is_google_analytics_active with your option name
add_action('update_option_my_plugin_is_google_analytics_active', function() {

// Listen also to add_option as it is called for the first time when option is not
// available in update_option
add_action('add_option_my_plugin_is_google_analytics_active', function() {

But how can I wait for consent in my script?

This section covers the integration for point Consent API.

Generally, you only need to extend your script for parts that cannot be blocked by our content blocker. In our example of Google Analytics we could potentially have the following cases:

  • You include the Google Analytics SDK script via a <script tag directly in the HTML DOM (statically, not dynamic), for this no further action is needed, as this can be blocked via our content blocker.
  • You include the Google Analytics SDK script via a custom script that uses jQuery, for example, to dynamically place the script in the <head. For this, it needs further integration with APIs below.
  • You are using the external gtag API of the Google Analytics SDK
    • If this is used within an isolated inline script in the HTML DOM, it can be blocked by our content blocker and no further action is needed on your part.
    • If you use this within a bundled script, our content blocker will not be able to block this, and it needs further integration with APIs below.

Don't worry, we also provide corresponding APIs to "wait" for a consent in your JavaScript code and load Google Analytics accordingly afterward:

Both consent() and consentSync() allows to wait for a consent for a given service. It allows multiple mechanism to identify the service (e.g. technical definition, HTTP cookie names, ...) but we highly recommend to use the unique identifier:

(window.consentApi?.consent("google-analytics-analytics-4") || Promise.resolve()).then(() => {
    console.log("Consent for Google Analytics given, load them...!");

Attention: Each template can be only integrated once! That means, if another plugin is already using this filter and the intergrate method, you can no longer modify the technical handling.

Name Type Description
$integration ServiceTemplateTechnicalHandlingIntegration

See ServiceTemplateTechnicalHandlingIntegration