I have a developer who is accessing the wp-config file directly to get database information. I would think that WP has a better way to do this. What do you think community?

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    Global $wpdb; codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/wpdb
    – Bainternet
    Dec 7, 2011 at 16:54
  • I suppose it depends specifically what database information you're talking about, not sure $wpdb holds data on the database name, the user or password(for the db connection), so including may be the only sure way to grab that info in a reliable manner unless you're happy to hardcode that info and update it from time to time.
    – t31os
    Dec 7, 2011 at 17:55

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I am not aware of a Wordpress function to do this. But have a look at this search and replace tool:


This achieves what you want by reading in the wp-config file and scanning through it. Have a look at the function "icit_srdb_define_find" on line 374.


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