get_header( string $name = null, array $args = array() )

Load header template.

Description Description

Includes the header template for a theme or if a name is specified then a specialised header will be included.

For the parameter, if the file is called "header-special.php" then specify "special".

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Parameters Parameters


(string) (Optional) The name of the specialised header.

Default value: null


(array) (Optional) Additional arguments passed to the header template.

Default value: array()

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Return Return

(void|false) Void on success, false if the template does not exist.

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More Information More Information

If the theme contains no header.php file then the header from the default theme wp-includes/theme-compat/header.php will be included.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/general-template.php

function get_header( $name = null, $args = array() ) {
	 * Fires before the header template file is loaded.
	 * @since 2.1.0
	 * @since 2.8.0 The `$name` parameter was added.
	 * @since 5.5.0 The `$args` parameter was added.
	 * @param string|null $name Name of the specific header file to use. Null for the default header.
	 * @param array       $args Additional arguments passed to the header template.
	do_action( 'get_header', $name, $args );

	$templates = array();
	$name      = (string) $name;
	if ( '' !== $name ) {
		$templates[] = "header-{$name}.php";

	$templates[] = 'header.php';

	if ( ! locate_template( $templates, true, true, $args ) ) {
		return false;

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
5.5.0 The $args parameter was added.
1.5.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

  1. Skip to note 1 content
    Contributed by Codex

    Multiple Headers
    Different header for different pages.

    if ( is_home() ) :
    	get_header( 'home' );
    elseif ( is_404() ) :
    	get_header( '404' );
    else :

    The file names for the home and 404 headers should be header-home.php and header-404.php respectively.

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    Contributed by Ruhul Amin

    As second parameter in get_header() we can pass an array

    // in index.php or where you want to include header
    get_header( '', array( 'name' => 'Ruhul Amin', 'age' => 23 ) ); 

    We will be able to use this in header.php

    <h2>This is a Header</h2>
    <p>Hey, <?php echo $args['name']; ?>, You are <?php echo $args['age']; ?> years old</p>
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    Contributed by Codex

    Simple 404 page
    The following code is a simple example of a template for an “HTTP 404: Not Found” error (which you could include in your theme as 404.php).

    <?php get_header(); ?>
    <h2><?php esc_html_e( 'Error 404 - Not Found', 'textdomain' ); ?></h2>
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

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