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Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to add code snippets to your site. No need to edit to your theme's functions.php file again!
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  • Requires at least: WordPress 3.3 or later
  • Tested up to: WordPress 4.1.1
  • Stable version: 2.0.3
  • License: MIT

An easy, clean and simple way to add code snippets to your site.


Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to add code snippets to your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme theme's functions.php file.

A snippet is a small chunk of PHP code that you can use to extend the functionality of a WordPress-powered website; essentially a mini-plugin with less load on your site. Most snippet-hosting sites tell you to add snippet code to your active theme's functions.php file, which can get rather long and messy after a while. Code Snippets changes that by providing a GUI interface for adding snippets and actually running them on your site just as if they were in your theme's functions.php file.

Code Snippets provides graphical interface, similar to the Plugins menu, for managing snippets. Snippets can can be activated and deactivated, just like plugins. The snippet editor includes fields for a name, a visual editor-enabled description, tags to allow you to categorize snippets, and a full-featured code editor. Snippets can be exported for transfer to another side, either in XML for later importing by the Code Snippets plugin, or in PHP for creating your own plugin or theme

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Code Snippets can be used in these different languages thanks to the following translators:


Automatic installation

  1. Log into your WordPress admin
  2. Click Plugins
  3. Click Add New
  4. Search for Code Snippets
  5. Click Install Now under "Code Snippets"
  6. Activate the plugin

Manual installation

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file
  3. Upload the contents of the zip file to the wp-content/plugins/ folder of your WordPress installation
  4. Activate the Code Snippets plugin from 'Plugins' page.

Network Activating Code Snippets through the Network Dashboard will enable a special interface for running snippets across the entire network.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I insert my snippet into the post text editor?

Snippets that you add to this plugin are not meant to be inserted into the text editor. Instead, they are run on your site just as if they were added to your functions.php file.

Do I need to include the <?php, <? or ?> tags in my snippet?

No, just copy all the content inside those tags. If you accidentally forget (or just like being lazy), the tags will be stripped from the beginning and end of the snippet when you save it. You can, however, use those tags inside your snippets to start and end HTML sections

Help! I just activated a snippet, and my whole site broke!

You can try activating 'safe mode'. All snippets will not execute while safe mode is active, allowing you to access your site and deactivate the snippet that is causing the error. To activate safe mode, add the following line to your wp-config.php file, just before the line that reads /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:

define('CODE_SNIPPETS_SAFE_MODE', true);

To turn safe mode off, either comment out this line or delete it.

Is there a way to add a snippet but not run it right away?

Yes. Just add it but do not activate it yet.

What do I use to write my snippets?

The CodeMirror source-code editor will add line numbers, syntax highlighting, bracket matching, search, tabulate and other cool features to the code editor.

Can I preform search and replace commands in the code editor?

  • Ctrl-F / Cmd-F : Start searching
  • Ctrl-G / Cmd-G : Find next
  • Shift-Ctrl-G / Shift-Cmd-G : Find previous
  • Shift-Ctrl-F / Cmd-Option-F : Replace
  • Shift-Ctrl-R / Shift-Cmd-Option-F : Replace all

Will I lose my snippets if I change the theme or upgrade WordPress?

No, the snippets are stored in the WordPress database and are independent of the theme and unaffected by WordPress upgrades.

Can the plugin be completely uninstalled?

Yes, when you delete Code Snippets using the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress it will clean up the database table and a few other bits of data. Be careful not to remove Code Snippets by deleting it from the Plugins menu unless you want this to happen.

Can I copy any snippets I've created to another WordPress site?

Yes! You can individually export a single snippet using the link below the snippet name on the 'Manage Snippets' page or bulk export multiple snippets using the 'Bulk Actions' feature. Snippets can later be imported using the 'Import Snippets' page by uploading the export file.

Can I export my snippets to PHP for a site where I'm not using the Code Snippets plugin?

Yes. Click the checkboxes next to the snippets you want to export, and then choose Export to PHP from the Bulk Actions menu and click Apply. The generated PHP file will contain the exported snippets' code, as well as their name and description in comments.

Can I run network-wide snippets on a multisite installation?

You can run snippets across an entire multisite network by Network Activating Code Snippets through the Network Dashboard. You can also activate Code Snippets just on the main site, and then individually on other sites of your choice.

Where are the snippets stored in my WordPress database?

Snippets are stored in the wp_snippets table in the WordPress database. The table name may differ depending on what your table prefix is set to.

I need help with Code Snippets / I have an idea for a new feature for Code Snippets

You can get help with Code Snippets, report bugs or errors, and suggest new features and improvements either on the WordPress Support Forums or on GitHub

I want to contribute to and help develop the Code Snippets plugin!

That's fantastic! Fork the repository on GitHub and send me a pull request.


Managing existing snippets

Managing existing snippets

Adding a new snippet

Adding a new snippet

Editing a snippet

Editing a snippet

Importing snippets from an XML file

Importing snippets from an XML file

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