Embed GitHub Gist WordPress plugin
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Embed GitHub Gist

Embed GitHub Gists into WordPress.

You can find Embed GitHub Gist at the WordPress Plugin Directory.


Embed GitHub Gists into WordPress. Provides a shortcode for posts and pages but also has the ability to embed by hand in the event that a Gist needs to be embedded somewhere in the page that does not pass through the shortcode filters.


  • [gist id=546764]
  • [gist id=546764 file=file.txt]
  • [gist id=546764 file=file.txt bump=1]
  • [gist]http://gist.github.com/546764[/gist]

Cache is implemented with the Transients API to minimize delay on loading content. Default TTL (time to live) is 86400 seconds or one day.

If json_decode is available, the HTML markup for the source code will be injected into the post inline. This will ensure that the code is available to spiders and feed readers.

If json_decode is not available, the standard GitHub Gist embed script (JavaScript) is included and the raw content will be added into a NOSCRIPT section wrapped as follows:

<div class="embed-github-gist-source">
<pre>raw code here</pre>
</code >


  1. Download the plugin zip file
  2. Unzip contents of plugin zip file
  3. Upload the embed-github-gist directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  5. Start using the plugin by adding Gists to posts!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I fix rate limit exceded errors?


Can the cache be broken?

Yes. Use a unique bump value to force cache to update. For instance, if you have the following:

[gist id=546764]

The cache can be broken by specifying a bump value:

[gist id=546764 bump=1]

To break the cache again later, change to a new unique bump value:

[gist id=546764 bump=2]

Can I change the TTL on a Gist-by-Gist basis?

Yes. Specify a TTL (in seconds) like this:

[gist id=546764 ttl=3600]

Can I embed a Gist outside of a post or a page?


<?php echo embed_github_gist(546764); ?>

Can I display a specific file from my gist?

Ues. You can use the file parameter:

[gist id=546764 file=file.txt]


If you have questions or want to help out, join us in the #dflydev channel on irc.freenode.net.