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get_query_template() WP 1.0

Retrieve path to a template

Used to quickly retrieve the path of a template without including the file extension. It will also check the parent theme, if the file exists, with the use of locate_template(). Allows for more generic template location without the use of the other get_*_template() functions.

Works based on: locate_template()
1 time = 0.000085s = very fast | 50000 times = 0.49s = very fast

String. Full path to template file.


get_query_template( $type, $templates );
$type(string) (required)
Filename without extension.
An optional list of template candidates
Default: array()


Since 1.5.0 Introduced.

Code of get_query_template() WP 5.5.3

function get_query_template( $type, $templates = array() ) {
	$type = preg_replace( '|[^a-z0-9-]+|', '', $type );

	if ( empty( $templates ) ) {
		$templates = array( "{$type}.php" );

	 * Filters the list of template filenames that are searched for when retrieving a template to use.
	 * The last element in the array should always be the fallback template for this query type.
	 * Possible values for `$type` include: 'index', '404', 'archive', 'author', 'category', 'tag', 'taxonomy', 'date',
	 * 'embed', 'home', 'frontpage', 'privacypolicy', 'page', 'paged', 'search', 'single', 'singular', and 'attachment'.
	 * @since 4.7.0
	 * @param array $templates A list of template candidates, in descending order of priority.
	$templates = apply_filters( "{$type}_template_hierarchy", $templates );

	$template = locate_template( $templates );

	 * Filters the path of the queried template by type.
	 * The dynamic portion of the hook name, `$type`, refers to the filename -- minus the file
	 * extension and any non-alphanumeric characters delimiting words -- of the file to load.
	 * This hook also applies to various types of files loaded as part of the Template Hierarchy.
	 * Possible values for `$type` include: 'index', '404', 'archive', 'author', 'category', 'tag', 'taxonomy', 'date',
	 * 'embed', 'home', 'frontpage', 'privacypolicy', 'page', 'paged', 'search', 'single', 'singular', and 'attachment'.
	 * @since 1.5.0
	 * @since 4.8.0 The `$type` and `$templates` parameters were added.
	 * @param string $template  Path to the template. See locate_template().
	 * @param string $type      Sanitized filename without extension.
	 * @param array  $templates A list of template candidates, in descending order of priority.
	return apply_filters( "{$type}_template", $template, $type, $templates );

From category: Other Theme Functions

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