I need to get the current plugin name using a define like this

define(PLUGIN_NAME, plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)));

Regrettably, that code doesn't work because the php file is nested inside a subdirectory (includes) of my plugin directory and it returns


Is there any function from Wordpress API to accomplish this task? Thanks in advance.

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    define(PLUGIN_NAME, "MY PLUGIN NAME"); is enough. Why do you need something dynamically that's not dynamic at all. – Mayeenul Islam Apr 27 '15 at 9:45
  • because I suppose that the user might install the plugin into a directory of his choice. – Tetravalente Apr 27 '15 at 9:54
  • Plugins can only be installed in the mu folder or plugins folder and cannot go into sub directories, so you don't have any thing to worry about. – Pieter Goosen Apr 27 '15 at 10:14
  • I mean that the user might install the plugin into plugins/theplugins rather than plugins/myplugin – Tetravalente Apr 27 '15 at 10:23
  • I don't understand your issue. Reread my previous comment. – Pieter Goosen Apr 27 '15 at 10:26

Within the plugin's main PHP file:

$plugin_data = get_plugin_data( __FILE__ );
$plugin_name = $plugin_data['Name'];
  • This only works in admin, by the way – Jacob Raccuia Jan 16 '18 at 14:38
  • I like this, but when I output all the associative array keys & values, only the TextDomain gives a value: PluginURI = Version = Description = Author = AuthorURI = TextDomain = my-calculator DomainPath = Network = Title = AuthorName = ... how do I set/retrieve all the other values for #plugin_data ? – TARKUS Apr 15 '18 at 12:51
  • Make sure that the main comment in your plugin file contains the relevant data as per codex.wordpress.org/File_Header – Mark Howells-Mead Apr 16 '18 at 17:35

you can get plugin name in a subdirectory of your plugin by this snippet code:

$plugin = basename( plugin_dir_path(  dirname( __FILE__ , 2 ) ) );

only you should write level of subdirectory relative to plugin folder in second parameter of dirname() function.

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