wp_add_inline_script( string $handle, string $data, string $position = ‘after’ ): bool

Adds extra code to a registered script.


Code will only be added if the script is already in the queue.
Accepts a string $data containing the code. If two or more code blocks are added to the same script $handle, they will be printed in the order they were added, i.e. the latter added code can redeclare the previous.

See also


Name of the script to add the inline script to.
String containing the JavaScript to be added.
Whether to add the inline script before the handle or after. Default 'after'.



bool True on success, false on failure.


function wp_add_inline_script( $handle, $data, $position = 'after' ) {
	_wp_scripts_maybe_doing_it_wrong( __FUNCTION__, $handle );

	if ( false !== stripos( $data, '</script>' ) ) {
				/* translators: 1: <script>, 2: wp_add_inline_script() */
				__( 'Do not pass %1$s tags to %2$s.' ),
		$data = trim( preg_replace( '#<script[^>]*>(.*)</script>#is', '$1', $data ) );

	return wp_scripts()->add_inline_script( $handle, $data, $position );



User Contributed Notes

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    Apparently we should now use wp_add_inline_script instead of wp_localize_script to expose a global object that needs to be used by your script.

    So, while previously you could (and still can) do this:

    wp_enqueue_script( 'wpdocs-my-script', 'https://url-to/my-script.js' );
    wp_localize_script( 'wpdocs-my-script', 'MYSCRIPT', array(
        'ajaxUrl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
        'otherParam' => 'some value',
    ) );

    It seems that it’s now recommended to do it like this (which I personally believe is a lot uglier):

    wp_enqueue_script( 'wpdocs-my-script', 'https://url-to/my-script.js' );
    wp_add_inline_script( 'wpdocs-my-script', 'const MYSCRIPT = ' . json_encode( array(
        'ajaxUrl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
        'otherParam' => 'some value',
    ) ), 'before' );

    Note that you need to add 'before' as the third parameter to the wp_add_inline_script function.

    Now, in your JS script you can access these PHP parameters like this:

    console.log( MYSCRIPT.ajaxUrl ); // output: "https://your-site/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php&quot;
    console.log( MYSCRIPT.otherParam ); // output: "some value"
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    The following code can be used to easily add Typekit’s JavaScript to your theme:

    function mytheme_enqueue_typekit() {
       wp_enqueue_script( 'mytheme-typekit', 'https://use.typekit.net/.js', array(), '1.0' );
       wp_add_inline_script( 'mytheme-typekit', 'try{Typekit.load({ async: true });}catch(e){}' );
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'mytheme_enqueue_typekit' );

    Which results in:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://use.typekit.net/.js?ver=1.0"></script&gt;
    <script type="text/javascript"> try{Typekit.load({ async: true });}catch(e){} </script>

    From https://make.wordpress.org/core/2016/03/08/enhanced-script-loader-in-wordpress-4-5/

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    Add CSS Style without dependency

    wp_register_style( 'myprefix-dummy-css', false );
    wp_enqueue_style( 'myprefix-dummy-css' );
    wp_add_inline_style( 'myprefix-dummy-css', "body *{ box-sizing: inherit; }");

    Add JavaScript Code without dependency

    wp_register_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-header', '',);
    wp_enqueue_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-header' );
    wp_add_inline_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-header', "console.log('loaded in header');");

    Add JavaScript Code with jQuery dependency

    wp_register_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-footer', '', array("jquery"), '', true );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-footer'  );
    wp_add_inline_script( 'myprefix-dummy-js-footer', "console.log('loaded in footer');");
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    NOTE: with new block themes such as Twenty Twenty Two, wp_localize_script/wp_add_inline_script will no longer work if called too late such as in a shortcode rendering callback function. To achieve this you will need to make use of an anonymous function call hooked on wp_footer action,

    $data=array();// your data object you want to pass to your front-end script.
    $localise = json_encode($data);
    add_action('wp_footer', function() use ($localise){
      printf('<script type="text/javascript">var myData = %s</script>', $localise);
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    this is handy function when you want to make sure your anonymous function uses an object that is instantiated using a javascript library that can potentially clash with other versions loaded by other plugins or by WordPress core itself. For example, if you need to use a different version of jQuery, you can do the following,

    wp_register_script( 'jquery3.2.1', 'https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js' );
    wp_add_inline_script( 'jquery3.2.1', 'var jQuery3_2_1 = $.noConflict(true);' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'plugin-javascript', plugins_url( 'js.js', __FILE__ ), array( 'jquery3.2.1' ) );

    this will instantiate a new jQuery object `jquery3_2_1` right after the jquery library v3.2.1 is loaded by the browser, ensuring it has the right version references, which you can then pass as an attribute the `js.js` script,

    ( function( $ ) { //$ now uses v3.2.1 of jquery.
      // Alert jQuery version.
      // Plugin/theme code should go here.
    }( jQuery3_2_1 ) );
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    For adding inline script

    function theme_prefix_enqueue_script() {
       wp_enqueue_script( 'main-js', '/main.js', array(), '1.0' );
       wp_add_inline_script( 'main-js', 'alert("hello world");' );
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_prefix_enqueue_script' );

    For jQuery-dependent scripts use this:

    function theme_prefix_enqueue_script() {
       if ( ! wp_script_is( 'jquery', 'done' ) ) {
         wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
       wp_add_inline_script( 'jquery-migrate', 'jQuery(document).ready(function(){});' );
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_prefix_enqueue_script' );

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