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Generate a list of all WordPress shortcodes available in a theme

Posted on 2014-09-16
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Is there any way to get a list of all shortcodes available in an installed theme? Preferably, with available parameters. I found one plugin, but it doesn't list the parameters, only the shortcodes:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcode-dropdown/

If I can't do this from within WordPress, or by generating a custom page of some kind, then can I find this out by digging through the theme files somewhere? Not sure where to look.

Thanks!
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Ugh.  This would be handy.

At this time, the only way to do it that I know of is to look through functions.php and follow the code there and see where it takes you. Some themes make a ton of calls to external class files so you have to really understand the theme construction to be successful.

Please note that the above would work for theme-based short codes.  Codes found In the core or in plugins are located elsewhere.
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DrDamnit earned 250 total points
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Shortcodes (if I remember correctly) are loaded into array. So, it stands to reason that of you dumped the array contents, you can get your list.

As far as parameters go, however, you have to either look at the code or is documentation.
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by:Jason C. Levine
Jason C. Levine earned 250 total points
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So, it stands to reason that of you dumped the array contents, you can get your list.

Mike, I'm pretty sure that's what the plugin listed above does, albeit with integration into TinyMCE for style points.  Oddly enough, that plugin has zero activity, not sure why.

You're 100% right, though:

<?php
global $shortcode_tags;
echo "<pre>"; print_r($shortcode_tags); echo "</pre>";
?>

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ref: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-list-all-active-shortcodes
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by:DrDamnit
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Yeah, so to get the list he wants, he can disable the theme, then dump the array. Then enable the theme, and dump the array again. The "new" items in the second dump would be the shortcodes he wants. (You'd have to diff the two lists)
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by:bbdesign
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
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