I want to to get the Author name of the Parent theme.

I can get the theme name using wp_get_theme() to get the theme object of the current (child) theme. From this I can get the parent theme name.

Next I think I need to get the object of the parent theme, but unsure how best to approach this. Here is my code so far:

$style_parent_theme = wp_get_theme();
$style_parent_theme_dir = $style_parent_theme->get( 'Template' );
$style_parent_theme_name = wp_get_theme($parent_theme_dir);
$style_parent_theme_author = $style_parent_theme_name->get( 'Author' );

if ($style_parent_theme_author == "WooThemes") {

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Thanks for all the help which pointed me in the right direction. In the end I used the following:

$style_parent_theme = wp_get_theme(get_template());
$style_parent_theme_author = $style_parent_theme->get( 'Author' );

I use get_template() to recover the folder name of the parent theme.

wp_get_theme then get's the theme object.

Once we have that we can manipulate the object to get the author name.

  • 1
    You can make it one liner too: $style_parent_theme_author = wp_get_theme( get_template() )->get( 'Author' ); Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 14:44

I was searching for getting the name of the parent theme and stumbled over this post.

I think the best solution is not mentioned here:

wp_get_theme()->parent()->get( 'Author' );

or what I needed:

wp_get_theme()->parent()->get( 'Name' )

Line 3 of your code reads:

$style_parent_theme_name = wp_get_theme($parent_theme_dir);

it should be:

$style_parent_theme_name = wp_get_theme($style_parent_theme_dir);

otherwise the code is correct.

  • Note: two variable names do not reflect their real meaning: $style_parent_theme better be $style_current_theme and $style_parent_theme_name better be $style_parent_theme Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 6:05

You can get this value about the child theme. At first get your child theme date. The simplest way is the function wp_get_theme(), see codex for the parameters and more information. You get a object with all relevant information about the current theme. In step two check, if is a child theme and then get his parent information, like the follow source.

// Current WP_Theme object.
// Get this data via hook or class WP_Theme
// As wrapper, simple to sue is the function wp_get_theme()
$theme_data    = wp_get_theme();
$is_child      = $this->is_child( $theme_data );

if ( $is_child ) {
    $parent_name = $theme_data->parent()->Name;

The method is_child is simple:

function is_child( $theme_data ) {
    // For limitation of empty() write in var
    $parent = $theme_data->parent();
    if ( ! empty( $parent ) ) {
        return TRUE;
    return FALSE;

This works for me.

  $my_theme = wp_get_theme('parentThemeName');
  echo $my_theme->get( 'Author' );
  • It does not explain why his code returns incorrect author of parent's theme. Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 5:42

simple function

function show_theme_author(){

    $theme = wp_get_theme();

    return $theme->get('Author');

  • this shows the version - the question was about getting the author name
    – ejntaylor
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 9:34
  • 1
    @raison pasted wrong function , fixed
    – Benn
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 12:42

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