Using WordPress ‘get_theme_file_path()’ PHP function

The get_theme_file_path() WordPress PHP function retrieves the path of a file in the theme.


$path = get_theme_file_path('file-name.php');

Input: 'inc/template-functions.php'
Output: /path/to/your/theme/inc/template-functions.php


  • $file (string, optional): File to search for in the stylesheet directory. Default: ''

More information

See WordPress Developer Resources: get_theme_file_path()


Loading a Custom Functions File

Load a custom functions file from the theme directory.

// Load custom-functions.php file from the theme directory.
require get_theme_file_path('custom-functions.php');

Overriding a Parent Theme Function

Allow a child theme to overwrite a function file from the parent theme.

// Load template-functions.php file, allowing child theme to override.
require get_theme_file_path('inc/template-functions.php');

Enqueue a Custom Script

Enqueue a custom JavaScript file from the theme directory.

function my_theme_enqueue_scripts() {
    // Enqueue custom-script.js file from the theme directory.
    wp_enqueue_script('custom-script', get_theme_file_path('js/custom-script.js'), array(), '1.0.0', true);
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_theme_enqueue_scripts');

Register a Custom Widget Area

Register a custom widget area using a PHP file from the theme directory.

function my_theme_register_widget_areas() {
    // Register custom-widget-area.php file from the theme directory.
        'name' => 'Custom Widget Area',
        'id' => 'custom-widget-area',
        'before_widget' => '<div>',
        'after_widget' => '</div>',
        'before_title' => '<h2>',
        'after_title' => '</h2>',
    require get_theme_file_path('inc/custom-widget-area.php');
add_action('widgets_init', 'my_theme_register_widget_areas');

Include a Custom Page Template

Include a custom page template from the theme directory.

function my_theme_custom_page_template($template) {
    // Check if the current page has a custom template assigned.
    if (is_page_template('custom-page-template.php')) {
        // Load custom-page-template.php file from the theme directory.
        $template = get_theme_file_path('custom-page-template.php');
    return $template;
add_filter('template_include', 'my_theme_custom_page_template');