Is there a way to get a path to the themes directory without the current theme in the path?

ie, in a standard WP install, I would want a reference to:


But the TEMPLATEPATH constant returns...


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That will return the theme directory.

Never assume /wp-content/ below ABSPATH. I’m using often a different directory and domain for wp-content to enable cookieless requests to theme files. Bad plugins and themes break terribly in such cases.


Or use get_theme_root() for the file path and get_theme_root_uri() for the URI. Both are defined in wp-includes/theme.php.

  • + 1 Thanks. This works too. Would there be any benefit to using this vs imHavoc's answer?
    – Scott B
    Mar 24, 2011 at 13:09
  • @Scott B There should be no difference. STYLESHEETPATH is defined in wp-includes/default-constants.php calling get_stylesheet_directory() which is asking get_theme_root().
    – fuxia
    Mar 24, 2011 at 13:46
  • actually, after further review, yours is the more appropriate answer for my question. it returns a file path, not a URL path as get_theme_root_uri() does (c:\ as opposed to http://) and since I'm moving files, that's what I needed in this case.
    – Scott B
    Mar 24, 2011 at 17:37
  • @Scott B I added the two functions for for the path and the URI to complete the answer.
    – fuxia
    Mar 25, 2011 at 0:22

There is no THEMEPATH constant, but you can use the get_theme_root_uri() function to retrieve the path to the themes folder.

  • This looks like the best option. Testing it now.
    – Scott B
    Mar 24, 2011 at 12:42
  • This works perfectly, however, in this case, I'm looking for a file path, not a URL path. I'm moving files on the server from a plugin folder to the themes folder. Your answer works fine though, depending on the context of the question.
    – Scott B
    Mar 24, 2011 at 17:40

WP_CONTENT_DIR and WP_CONTENT_URL as well as content_url() get you most of the way there.


You can use the constant ABSPATH and just append to it wp-content/themes/ so:

ABSPATH . "wp-content/themes/" 
  • Can the user specify any directory other than wp-content/themes to store their themes?
    – Scott B
    Mar 23, 2011 at 22:43
  • @Scott: It is possible but very hard to acomplish and not very likly that anyone has.
    – Bainternet
    Mar 23, 2011 at 22:51
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    Two lines in wp-config.php aren’t that hard. ;) Just define WP_CONTENT_DIR and WP_CONTENT_URL.
    – fuxia
    Mar 23, 2011 at 23:13
  • @toscho: thanks, you learn new stuff every day, i was just reading about it at codex.wordpress.org/Determining_Plugin_and_Content_Directories
    – Bainternet
    Mar 23, 2011 at 23:41

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