I want to use a javascript plugin on my website that should be initialized with values set in the wordpress customizer.

Kirki::add_field( 'artist_theme_config', array(
  'type'        => 'select',
  'settings'    => 'gallery_lightgallery_transition',
  'label'       => __( 'Select the transition type of your lightgalleries', 'site-name' ),
  'section'     => 'artist_theme_gallery_style',
  'default'     => 'lg-slide',
  'priority'    => 10,
  'choices'     => array(
    'lg-slide' => esc_attr__( 'Slide', 'site-name' ),
    'lg-fade' => esc_attr__( 'Fade', 'site-name' ),
    'lg-zoom-in' => esc_attr__( 'Zoom In', 'site-name' ),
) );

My goal is to run the initialization logic with the options set in the customizer. Therfore I need to get the value of the setting in a custom javascript. I found that one way (is it correct?) to get the value is:

wp.customize.instance( 'gallery_lightgallery_transition' ).get();

However that just works if the customizer is open. What is the correct way to get the value of a customizer field in javascript? Do I need to enqueue the script with the correct dependency, like in

wp_enqueue_script('sage/customizer_controls.js', asset_path('scripts/customizer_controls.js'), [ 'customize-controls' ], null, true);

? I do not want to put the logic in the customizer_controls.js however, but in a file called plugins.js. There is a long discussion on how to pass variables from php to javascript in wordpress, however there should be a way with the new customizer api I guess, just can't find any examples or documentation.

1 Answer 1


You need to do it the same way you'd get options, shortcodes, or any other WordPress value into JavaScript: You need to get them with PHP and pass them to the script with wp_localize_script():

wp_enqueue_script( 'my-script', asset_path( 'scripts/plugins.js' ), [], null, true );
        'galleryTransition' => get_theme_option( 'gallery_lightgallery_transition' ),

Just change my-script and myScript to something specific to your project.

Now you can access the value in your script via myScript.galleryTransition.

  • I will check that out, thanks. I thought there would be a way with the new JS customizer API?
    – user9
    Mar 9, 2019 at 14:57
  • Why would there be? The JS Customizer API is for working with controls inside the Customizer. It's got nothing to do with the front end. Any front-end API for working with the Customizer data would either just be doing what I'm doing in my answer, which would be a waste because most Customizer values wouldn't be needed in JS, or would require an AJAX request, which would be slower. Mar 10, 2019 at 2:32

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