I had a hard time finding the correct way to do this. I want to load the CDN resources here: http://www.bootstrapcdn.com/ but use wp_enqueue_scripts and have local fallback.

This is the method I am using for local fall back now directly in header.php:

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script>window.jQuery || document.write('<script src="js/jquery.js">\x3C/script>')</script>

I want something like this for all resources but also using wp_enqueue_scripts. I successful switched the enqueue Jquery using this method but this does not provide a fallback:

/** Jquery **/
wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
wp_register_script( 'jquery', '//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5./jquery.min.js','', 'latest', true );

Any help is greatly appreciated!

2 Answers 2


Since 4.5 there is a function that lets you append inline js to an enqueued js file, it is called wp_add_inline_script.

Now, this function does not let you add any js code that has a </script> in it for security reasons. But when you look at the wp_add_inline_script source code, you can see that it is just a wrapper for a wp_scripts()->add_inline_script() call with some added string parsing for malicious strings.

So, if you don't mind using this function directly without the added security layer of wp_add_inline_script which parses for security problems (just the </script> check for now, but might be more in the future) then you can do the following:

function _enqueue_my_scripts() {
  // the normal enqueue
  wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-cdn', 'https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.3.1.min.js' );
  // our custom code which will check for the existance of jQuery (in this case)
  wp_scripts()->add_inline_script( 'jquery-cdn',
    "window.jQuery || document.write('<script src=\"".get_template_directory_uri() ."/js/jQuery.js\">\\x3C/script>')", 'after');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', '_enqueue_my_scripts', 100);

Make sure to copy the wp_scripts() call exactly and only switch out the library test ('window.jQuery') for a test of the library you want to test and the '/js/jQuery.js' part for a path to your library, because the string gets parsed before output and only this way it gets printed in the correct way.

That code above will give you

<script type='text/javascript' src='https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.3.1.min.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>
window.Swiper || document.write('<script src="http://localhost/wordpress/wp-content/themes/wp-theme/js/jQuery.js">\x3C/script>')

in your HTML.


switch your function wp_register_script for immediate call of wp_enqueue_script.

Now, even though you are registering jquery and calling it through wp_enqueue_script, you are passing as an URL empty string, that is why you do not get it enqueued.

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