I need a list of every shortcode inside the content. Is there any way to list them?

This is what I need:

$str = '[term value="Value" id="600"][term value="Term" id="609"]';

So every shortcode should be inside the $str.

I found a code snippet to check if there is a shortcode. But how can I display them all?

$content = 'This is some text, (perhaps pulled via $post->post_content). It has a [gallery] shortcode.';

if( has_shortcode( $content, 'gallery' ) ) {
    // The content has a [gallery] short code, so this check returned true.


Here's one way:

You can look at has_shortcode() and find the parsing there:

    '/' . get_shortcode_regex() . '/', 

using the get_shortcode_regex() function for the regex pattern.

For non empty matches, you can then loop through them and collect the full shortcode matches with:

$shortcodes = [];
foreach( $matches as $shortcode ) {
    $shortcodes[] = $shortcode[0];

Finally you format the output to your needs, e.g.:

echo join( '', $shortcodes );

PS: It can be handy to wrap this into your custom function.

  • ps: it might be good to make sure a bracket exists in the content, e.g. with a simple strpos check, before parsing (just as in has_shortcode() ). – birgire Jun 18 at 14:45
  • It works well if $content is get_the_content() but not if it's a custom field like get_sub_field("textfield")?! – Cray Jun 18 at 14:46
  • It should work for all content that contains shortcodes. @Cray – birgire Jun 18 at 14:47
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    ah, I guess the shortcode is already processed. If I echo get_the_content, it shows me the shorcode with [ ]. If I echo get_sub_field("textfield"), it shows only the result?! – Cray Jun 18 at 14:54
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    It works when I use the field like this: get_sub_field("textfield", false, false); – Cray Jun 18 at 14:56

If you only need the Shortcodes without the attributes, you can use this function:

function get_used_shortcodes( $content) {
    global $shortcode_tags;
    if ( false === strpos( $content, '[' ) ) {
        return array();
    if ( empty( $shortcode_tags ) || ! is_array( $shortcode_tags ) ) {
        return array();
    // Find all registered tag names in $content.
    preg_match_all( '@\[([^<>&/\[\]\x00-\x20=]++)@', $content, $matches );
    $tagnames = array_intersect( array_keys( $shortcode_tags ), $matches[1] );
    return $tagnames;

You will get an array of all shortcodes, that are used within the content you give it.

  • Thanks! But I need the attributes – Cray Jun 18 at 14:28

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