WRT - Hwo to turn off "get_parent_theme_file_path" in child-theme?

Twenty Seventeen parent theme.

I'm trying to make my child theme over-ride the file /inc/template-tags.php - both my parent theme and child theme have the file in place. (my child version has the adjustments)

The parent enqueues using:

require get_parent_theme_file_path( '/inc/template-tags.php' );

I have placed the code below in the child function.php

add_filter('parent_theme_file_path', function($path, $file) {
if ($file !== '/inc/template-tags.php') {
    return $path;

$path = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/' . $file;

return $path;
}, 10, 2);

Unfortunately the parent version of the file is still being used.. What am I missing to override with the child version?

many thanks in advance

  • 1
    The parent theme uses get_parent_theme_file_path() for a reason. This is a signal that you shouldn’t be replacing the whole file in a child theme. If you want to replace template tags then you should copy the just the function into your child theme and modify it there (if it’s pluggable) or create a new function and then replace the original function by copying the template that it’s used in and replacing the original function call with a call to yours. Apr 30, 2019 at 5:10

1 Answer 1


WordPress applies ltrim on the $fileltrim( $file, '/' ), so it becomes inc/template-tags.php instead of /inc/template-tags.php.

So within your filter callback, you should use:

if ( $file !== 'inc/template-tags.php' )


my child version has the adjustments

I don't know if you made adjustments to pluggable or non-pluggable function(s) in the template file, but as pointed by @JacobPeattie, you should consider extending parent theme functions like so:

  • For pluggable functions such as twentyseventeen_posted_on, just copy the whole code and paste it in your functions.php file. And then just make your adjustments.

    Pluggable functions are defined like so, where the function is wrapped inside a conditional which checks whether a function with the same name already exists or not, and if not, the function is defined:

    if ( ! function_exists( 'function_name' ) ) :
        function function_name() {
  • For non-pluggable functions such as twentyseventeen_front_page_section, follow the same steps above (copy the function code to your functions.php file), but make sure to rename the function — e.g. my_theme_front_page_section or my_twentyseventeen_front_page_section.

    And after you renamed the function, make sure to change the name in template files where the function is being called. For example, twentyseventeen_front_page_section is being called in the front page (front-page.php) template, so you'd change twentyseventeen_front_page_section( null, $i ); to my_theme_front_page_section( null, $i ); (if you renamed the function to my_theme_front_page_section).

I could understand that it might be a hassle to do the renaming part, but particularly for pluggable functions, you don't need to override the template file using the parent_theme_file_path filter (or similar filter). The function(s) you're trying to modify might also actually have filters you can simply hook into to customize/change the function output, so be sure to check that. :)

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