Reveal Template


Designers and developers know that it can sometimes be confusing and frustrating to determine the exact template being utilized to render the currently displayed page in WordPress. Sometimes page or category specific templates exist, or a page/post has been set by the post author to use a particular template, or the current theme doesn’t employ certain templates causing WordPress to fall back to others.

This plugin relieves the aggravation by assisting designers and developers by displaying the template being used to render the currently displayed page in WordPress. This can be shown in one or more of the following methods:

Site footer

By default, the theme-relative path to the theme template file used to render the page is shown in the site’s footer. The settings page for the plugin, at ‚Design‘ -> ‚Reveal Template‘, allows you to control and configure this particular method. Note: this only works if the theme follows the recommended practice of calling the wp_footer() template tag) at some point.


A widget named „Reveal Template“ is made available which can be used to display the theme template file used to render the page in any widget location.


A shortcode called ‚revealtemplate‘ is made available which can be used in post/page content to display the theme template file used to render the page. Currently it supports two possible attributes:

  • ‚admin‘ : Can either be 1 or 0 to indicate if the template name should be revealed to admins only. 1 means to admins only, 0 to all visitors. The default is 1.
  • ‚type‘ : The template path types. Must be one of ‚absolute‘, ‚filename‘, ‚relative‘, or ‚theme-relative‘. Read the documentation for more information on what each of these mean.

Examples: [revealtemplate type="absolute"], [revealtemplate type="filename" admin="0"]

Template Tag

A template tag is also provided which can be used to display the theme template file used to render the page.

<?php c2c_reveal_template(); ?>

By default, c2c_reveal_template() will echo the template name. To simply retrieve the template filename rather than displaying it:

<?php $template = c2c_reveal_template( false ); ?>

The template tag also takes a second argument which be can be one of the following: absolute, relative, theme-relative, filename. This determines the path style you’d like reported. If not specified, it uses the default defined in the plugin’s settings page.

Examples of path types:

  • „absolute“ : /usr/local/www/yoursite/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/single.php
  • „relative“ : wp-content/themes/yourtheme/single.php
  • „theme-relative“ : yourtheme/single.php
  • „filename“ : single.php

This plugin is primarily intended to be activated on an as-needed basis.

Links: Plugin Homepage | Plugin Directory Page | GitHub | Author Homepage

Template Tags

The plugin provides one template tag for use in your theme templates, functions.php, or plugins.


  • <?php function c2c_reveal_template( $echo = true, $template_path_type = '' ) ?>
    Formats for output the template path info for the currently rendered template.


  • $echo (bool)
    Optional. Echo the template info? Default is true.

  • $template_path_type (string)
    Optional. The style of the template’s path for return. Accepts: ‚absolute‘, ‚relative‘, ‚theme-relative‘, ‚filename‘. Default is “, which causes the function to use the template path type configured via the plugin’s settings page.


  • <?php //Output the current template
    c2c_reveal_template( true, 'theme-relative' );

  • <?php // Retrieve the value for use in code, so don't display/echo it.
    $current_template = c2c_reveal_template( false, 'filename' );
    if ( $current_template == 'category-12.php' ) {
    // Do something here

Snímky obrazovky

  • The plugin's settings page.
  • The 'Reveal Template' widget.


  1. Whether installing or updating, whether this plugin or any other, it is always advisable to back-up your data before starting
  2. Unzip inside the /wp-content/plugins/ directory for your site (or install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer)
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‚Plugins‘ admin menu in WordPress
  4. Optionally customize the plugin’s settings by clicking the plugin’s ‚Settings‘ link next to its ‚Deactivate‘ link (still on the Plugins page), or click on the ‚Design‘ -> ‚Reveal Template‘ link, to go to the plugin’s admin settings page. Or use the ‚Reveal Template‘ widget. Or use the shortcode.


22. 11. 2016
Works as advertised, very clean interface, great documentation.
17. 10. 2016
Does what its says on the box. Handy while developing or working on a site.
3. 9. 2016
This is a right plug-in for plug-in developers. I was investigating a third party theme for some changes and this plug-in made my life easier by telling me exactly where to look for code.
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Přehled změn

3.4.2 (2019-12-27)

  • New: Unit tests: Add test to verify plugin hooks plugins_loaded action to initialize itself
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.3+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2020)

3.4.1 (2019-06-16)

  • Change: Return an empty string instead of null when the template path string shouldn’t return anything
  • Unit tests:
    • Change: Update unit test install script and bootstrap to use latest WP unit test repo
    • Fix: Use explicit string value instead of referencing undefined variable
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.2+

3.4 (2019-03-28)


  • This release is a minor update that verifies compatibility through WordPress 5.1+ and makes minor behind-the-scenes improvements.


  • Change: Store setting name in class constant
  • Change: Update plugin framework to 048
    • 048:
    • When resetting options, delete the option rather than setting it with default values
    • Prevent double „Settings reset“ admin notice upon settings reset
    • 047:
    • Don’t save default setting values to database on install
    • Change „Cheatin‘, huh?“ error messages to „Something went wrong.“, consistent with WP core
    • Note compatibility through WP 4.9+
    • Drop compatibility with version of WP older than 4.7
  • Change: Update widget framework to 013
    • Add get_config() as a getter for config array
  • Change: Update widget to 004
    • Update to use v013 of the widget framework
  • New: Add file and move all but most recent changelog entries into it
  • Change: Initialize plugin on plugins_loaded action instead of on load
  • Unit tests:
    • Fix: Use a different template as the directly assigned template to ensure it’s one the unit test default theme has defined
    • Fix: Explicitly set ‚twentyseventeen‘ as the theme to ensure testing against a known theme
    • New: Add unit test to ensure plugin doesn’t save an option to database on activation
    • New: Add set_option() to facilitate setting of plugin options
    • New: Add unit test for setting defaults
    • New: Add a bunch of assertions for use of reveal() alongside uses of c2c_reveal_template()
    • Change: Improve unit test for deletion of option
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.1+
  • Change: Add link to plugin’s page in Plugin Directory
  • Change: Update copyright date (2019)
  • Change: Update License URI to be HTTPS
  • Change: Split paragraph in’s „Support“ section into two

Full changelog is available in