apply_filters( 'comments_template', string $theme_template )

Filters the path to the theme template file used for the comments template.



(string) The path to the theme template file.

Top ↑

More Information

The comments_template filter can be used to load a custom template form a plugin which replaces the theme’s default comment template.

Top ↑


File: wp-includes/comment-template.php

View on Trac

Top ↑


Version Description
1.5.1 Introduced.

Top ↑

User Contributed Notes

  1. Skip to note 1 content
    Contributed by Steven Lin

    Code example migrated from Codex:

    A plugin can register as a content filter with the code:

    <?php add_filter( "comments_template", "my_plugin_comment_template" ); ?>

    Where my_plugin_comment_template is the function WordPress should call when the comment_template() function is called on the theme. Note that the filter function the plugin defines must return the a full path to a template file or the resulting page will be blank.

    This is an example of loading a different comments template for a custom post type:

    function my_plugin_comment_template( $comment_template ) {
         global $post;
         if ( !( is_singular() && ( have_comments() || 'open' == $post->comment_status ) ) ) {
         if($post->post_type == 'business'){ // assuming there is a post type called business
            return dirname(__FILE__) . '/reviews.php';
    add_filter( "comments_template", "my_plugin_comment_template" );

    The example code will load the template file reviews.php located in your plugins folder for CPT called business; otherwise, the code uses default template.

You must log in before being able to contribute a note or feedback.