Suppose to have this shortcode:

[spu-close class="" text="" align=""]

I want to show this short code when I click on a button this is my html:

 <input class="button b" onclick="openFile(link);"  type="button" value="download" />

and this is my js file:

function openFile(link){
//I want do something like this
    do_shortcode('[spu-close class="" text="" align=""]', false );


I don't know how I can do this, anyone can help me?

  • 1
    Not sure if this is even possibile as a shortcode is made up in PHP, and PHP is serverside. And Javascript is client side. You should be able to run this function in PHP tho. Oct 2, 2017 at 14:19

1 Answer 1


to execute "ShortCode" which server side-> wordpress ->php ,by JavaScript which client side you will need use AJAX!

you can use some thing like:

1-in your enqueued .js file :

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    $('.buttonClass').on('click', function() {
            url: Param.doShortCode,
            type: 'POST',
            data: {
                action: 'handle_ajax_shortcode',
            success: function() {
                //do something on success 
            error: function() {
                //do something on error

2- in php file :

//localize your script
$Param = array(

  'doShortCode'=>admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
wp_localize_script('handle_ajax_shortcode','Param', $Param);

//executes for users that are not logged in.
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_handle_ajax_shortcode', 'handle_ajax_shortcode' );
//executes for users that are logged in.
add_action( 'wp_ajax_handle_ajax_shortcode', 'handle_ajax_shortcode' );

function handle_ajax_shortcode(){
  //put whatever you want to be execute when JavaScript event is triggered
  do_shortcode( string $content, bool $ignore_html = false )
  // Don't forget to stop execution afterward.


for more information you can check Link1 & Link2 & Link3


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