I was making a plugin and I have a javascript file where I want to take some options saved in the database to show well the function.

So I have this:

function wp_home(){

    wp_enqueue_script( 'some-name-1', '//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.3/jquery.min.js', '1.0.0', true );
    wp_enqueue_style( 'some-name-2', plugins_url( 'assets/jquery.something.css', __FILE__ ) );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'some-name-3', plugins_url( 'assets/jquery.something.js', __FILE__ ), '1.0.0', true );

        global $table_prefix;
        $dbh = new wpdb( DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD, DB_NAME, DB_HOST );
        $table = $table_prefix.'options';
        $qd = "SELECT option_value FROM $table WHERE option_name = 'description'";

        $description = $dbh->get_results( $query_link );

        $description = $description[0]->option_value;


     wp_enqueue_script( 'custom-name-js', plugins_url( 'assets/custom-js.php', __FILE__ ), '1.0.0', true );


The file custom-js.php it's like this:

     <?php header("Content-type: text/javascript"); ?>

                message: '<?php echo $description; ?>',

How I can take the $description? If I put the javascript inside wp_home() it doesn't work.


  • 1
    As a sidenote, you should route all requests through WordPress, never make direct calls to PHP files inside your plugin or theme from the browser, be it for AJAX, form submissions, etc, it's a huge security headache
    – Tom J Nowell
    May 6, 2016 at 1:02
  • its a js file with a php extension nice :))) May 6, 2016 at 6:35
  • if you are using a php file why don't you just put the select query in it not in the in_home function? May 6, 2016 at 6:38
  • @TomJNowell isn't it also an issue that WordPress doesn't respect encapsulation? It's a big shame that WordPress can't pass the JS file the parameters as a JSON string or similar to reduce the chance of a namespace clash.
    – dewd
    Mar 19, 2018 at 18:43
  • @dewd you mean via something like wp_localize_script? That's more than doable, see the top answer
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 20, 2018 at 0:11

2 Answers 2


You can use wp_localize_script() to pass php variables to javascript. You create an array in php and then pass it to the function as the third parameter. It will come through as an object you name with the second parameter.

First, register the script.

wp_register_script( 'custom-name-js', plugins_url( 'assets/custom-js.php', __FILE__ ) );

Second, build your array and run wp_localize.

$my_array = array( 'description' => $description[0]->option_value );
wp_localize_script( 'custom-name-js', 'js_object_name', $my_array );

Finally, you enqueue your script.

wp_enqueue_script( 'custom-name-js' );

Then, in your js file, you will have a js object available named js_object_name (or whatever you pass as the second parameter to wp_localize_script) with a property of description.


You can try this function: wp_localize_script( $handle, $name, $data );

See https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_localize_script for documentation.

As the codex says:

Though localization is the primary use, it can be used to make any data available to your script that you can normally only get from the server side of WordPress.

I had to use it for translation / localization, but it looks like it can help you "inject" your dynamic value into the javascript.

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