get_page_template_slug( int|WP_Post $post = null ): string|false

Gets the specific template filename for a given post.


Post ID or WP_Post object. Default is global $post.



string|false Page template filename. Returns an empty string when the default page template is in use. Returns false if the post does not exist.

More Information

The filename of a Page’s assigned custom template is stored as the value of a Custom Field with a key named '_wp_page_template' (in the wp_postmeta database table). If the template is stored in a Theme’s subdirectory (or a Parent Theme’s subdirectory of a Child Theme), the value of the wp_postmeta is both the folder and file names, e.g.


The function get_page_template_slug() returns an empty string when the value of '_wp_page_template' is either empty or 'default'.

Custom fields starting with an underscore do not display in the Edit screen’s Custom Fields module. To retrieve a Page’s custom template metadata, you can also use:

get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_wp_page_template', true )


function get_page_template_slug( $post = null ) {
	$post = get_post( $post );

	if ( ! $post ) {
		return false;

	$template = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_wp_page_template', true );

	if ( ! $template || 'default' === $template ) {
		return '';

	return $template;


4.7.0Now works with any post type, not just pages.

User Contributed Notes

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    If you need reverse engineering to find all the pages that are working under a particular page template filename, this is one solution that may work for you.

    function wpdocs_get_pages_by_template_filename( $page_template_filename ) {
    	return get_pages( array(
    		'meta_key' => '_wp_page_template',
    		'meta_value' => $page_template_filename
    	) );

    You can use this function for example:

    $pages = wpdocs_get_pages_by_template_filename( 'templates/offers.php' );

    And it will return (array|false) list of pages matching by that page template filename.

    Generally, it happens that inside a theme you build, you need to find a certain page that works under a special custom template and that you need to dynamically access its ID, content, title, etc, and this function will help for that.

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