I'm using this code to display widgets of certain sidebar:

$sidebar_id = 'sidebar1';
$sidebars_widgets = wp_get_sidebars_widgets();
$widget_ids = $sidebars_widgets[$sidebar_id]; 
    foreach( $widget_ids as $id ) {
    echo '<li><a href="#'.$id.'">'.$id['title'].'</a></li>';

I'm trying to display the widget title using $id['title'], but It's not working.

  • Is your goal to only get the widgets from a specific sidebar or you just want to be able to grab widgets in general and show them? – RachieVee Dec 8 '14 at 21:49
  • The codex also says the functions you're using aren't intended to be used by developers other than core developers - that may be part of the issue: codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_get_sidebars_widgets – RachieVee Dec 8 '14 at 21:51
  • So, do you know about any function to retrieve widget data which as stored as $instance['name']? – Ahmed Saad Dec 8 '14 at 22:10

Found a 'dirty' way to do it:

Here's my code:

$sidebar_id = 'sidebar1';
$sidebars_widgets = wp_get_sidebars_widgets();
$widget_ids = $sidebars_widgets[$sidebar_id]; 
    foreach( $widget_ids as $id ) {
        $wdgtvar = 'widget_'._get_widget_id_base( $id );
        $idvar = _get_widget_id_base( $id );
        $instance = get_option( $wdgtvar );
        $idbs = str_replace( $idvar.'-', '', $id );
        echo '<li><a href="#'.$id.'">'.$instance[$idbs]['title'].'</a></li>';
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  • Glad you solved it Ahmed! Please mark this answer as accepted so it doesn't show as an unsolved question :) – Tim Malone Jun 30 '16 at 5:13

If you want to just display all the widgets coming from a specific sidebar, try dynamic_sidebar. Example taken from the Codex:

<?php if ( is_active_sidebar( 'left-sidebar' ) ) : ?>
    <ul id="sidebar">
        <?php dynamic_sidebar( 'left-sidebar' ); ?>
<?php endif; ?>

If you're trying to get a specific widget and display it, try the_widget. This example is taken from the Categories widget:

<?php the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Links'); ?>

If neither of these help, you may have to provide us some more details as to what you're trying to do for more answers. Good luck!

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  • I only want to show the title of the widget; I have the widget ID and I want to display its title. – Ahmed Saad Dec 8 '14 at 22:09
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    It looks like the_widget automatically displays the widget and you can manipulate the title with the $instance parameter, but you can't show just the title using this function. developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/the_widget Is it that you want titles only and no widget content? Where is this being displayed? Perhaps depending on your goal, there is another way to go about it. – RachieVee Dec 9 '14 at 18:07

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