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load_template() WP 1.0

Require the template file with WordPress environment.

The globals are set up for the template file to ensure that the WordPress environment is available from within the function. The query variables are also available.

No Hooks.


null. Nothing.


load_template( $_template_file, $require_once, $args );
$_template_file(string) (required)
Path to template file.
Whether to require_once or require.
Default: true
Additional arguments passed to the template.
Default: empty array


  • Global. Array. $posts
  • Global. WP_Post. $post Global post object.
  • Global. true|false. $wp_did_header
  • Global. WP_Query. $wp_query WordPress Query object.
  • Global. WP_Rewrite. $wp_rewrite WordPress rewrite component.
  • Global. wpdb. $wpdb WordPress database abstraction object.
  • Global. String. $wp_version
  • Global. WP. $wp Current WordPress environment instance.
  • Global. Int. $id
  • Global. WP_Comment. $comment Global comment object.
  • Global. Int. $user_ID


Since 1.5.0 Introduced.
Since 5.5.0 The $args parameter was added.

Code of load_template() WP 5.8.1

function load_template( $_template_file, $require_once = true, $args = array() ) {
	global $posts, $post, $wp_did_header, $wp_query, $wp_rewrite, $wpdb, $wp_version, $wp, $id, $comment, $user_ID;

	if ( is_array( $wp_query->query_vars ) ) {
		 * This use of extract() cannot be removed. There are many possible ways that
		 * templates could depend on variables that it creates existing, and no way to
		 * detect and deprecate it.
		 * Passing the EXTR_SKIP flag is the safest option, ensuring globals and
		 * function variables cannot be overwritten.
		// phpcs:ignore WordPress.PHP.DontExtract.extract_extract
		extract( $wp_query->query_vars, EXTR_SKIP );

	if ( isset( $s ) ) {
		$s = esc_attr( $s );

	if ( $require_once ) {
		require_once $_template_file;
	} else {
		require $_template_file;

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