Disable (grey Out) Out-of-stock Swatches

If you have less variations than the AJAX variation threshold, you can grey out or disable out-of-stock attribute options. There are 2 ways to do this:

Hide out of stock products

The first option is to toggle a simple setting in WooCommerce.

  1. Navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > Products > Inventory
  2. Ensure “Hide out of stock items from the catalog” is checked.

Note: This will grey out/disable the swatch options, but it will also hide any out of stock products throughout your store.

Filter variation visibility

The second option is to add a filter to your theme’s functions.php file that only affects variations.

 * Disable out of stock variations
 * @param bool $active
 * @param WC_Product_Variation $variation
 * @return Boolean
function iconic_variation_is_active( $active, $variation ) {
	if( ! $variation->is_in_stock() ) {
		return false;

	return $active;

add_filter( 'woocommerce_variation_is_active', 'iconic_variation_is_active', 10, 2 );

This will disable swatches when a variation is out of stock, but keep out of stock products throughout the store visible (if the checkbox is the previous step is left unchecked).

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