get_sidebar( string $name = null )

Load sidebar template.

Description Description

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

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

Parameters Parameters


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

Default value: null

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/general-template.php

function get_sidebar( $name = null ) {
	 * Fires before the sidebar template file is loaded.
	 * @since 2.2.0
	 * @since 2.8.0 $name parameter added.
	 * @param string|null $name Name of the specific sidebar file to use. null for the default sidebar.
	do_action( 'get_sidebar', $name );

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

	$templates[] = 'sidebar.php';

	locate_template( $templates, true );

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Version Description
1.5.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

  1. Skip to note 2 content
    Contributed by Codex

    Multi sidebars
    Different sidebar for different pages.

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

    The file names for the home and 404 sidebars should be sidebar-home.php and sidebar-404.php respectively.

  2. Skip to note 5 content
    Contributed by tradesouthwest

    Conditional Statement for Any Sidebar
    In case you are making a plugin template where you do not know if there is a sidebar, for any given theme the plugin may be used with, you may check for register_sidebar function to see if any sidebar exists.

    if ( function_exists( 'register_sidebar' ) ) { 

    Or, if you know the theme registered name for the sidebar in question try:

    //for twenty-sixteen theme
        if ( is_active_sidebar( 'content-bottom' ) ) : 
            get_sidebar( 'content-bottom' ); 

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