I want to show what scripts and styles have loaded on a page and which plugin / theme / file has added them to the page.

We can show all scripts and styles using:

  global $wp_scripts, $wp_styles;
  var_dump( $wp_scripts );
  var_dump( $wp_styles );

Or more elegantly using this answer: How do I get the $handle for all enqueued scripts?

I now want to be able to see where they were enqueued. For example if I had a JS file called foobar.js and it was enqueued by plugins/organge/orange.php I would want to output this file location along with the script.

This is for development to help isolate what is loading what.

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This is not possible the way you think. It would maybe be possible if you use Reflections or debug_backtrace(), but there's no reliable way to do this. WordPress does not keep a stack or queue where it tracks file names.

The only thing I could imagine is just hooking into the action and inside wp_enqueue_scripts():


and attach a tracking mechanism of attached callbacks there. Note the s and that this is not the function that you use to attach scripts to the stack.

/** Plugin Name: (WPSE #152658) Script Loader Callback Inspector */
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', function()
    var_dump( $GLOBALS['wp_filter'][ current_filter() ] );
}, PHP_INT_MAX -1 );

This would leave you with a queue of all attached callbacks. You can then trace them back with your IDE.

  • kaiser, just to point out, your debug_backtrace() link is in German. Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 14:45
  • @PieterGoosen That was not by accident. German simply is more accurate. ... fixed
    – kaiser
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 14:47
  • LOL OK. Unfortunately I don't understand German, so I'm not aware of that :-) Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 14:51

I'm using something like this

 foreach( $wp_scripts->queue as $handle ) :
         $obj = $wp_scripts->registered [$handle];
         $filename = $obj->src;
  • 1
    with ref to the orig question - this would list the js file e.g. foobar.js. The OP wants to list the php file that enqueued foobar.js - e.g. plugins/organge/orange.php, which your code doesn't list
    – Nat
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 6:13

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