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I have a plugin which creates a custom post type "projects". In the plugin folder is a template file (single-project.php) where i would like to make some changes. But i'm wondering how i can override this file from the child theme i'm working on. I've tried to make a copy and place it in my child theme folder, but wordpress doesn't pick that one up. How can i achieve this without editing the file in the plugin folder (and risk lose my changes when the plugin is updated?)

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  • You should ask the plugin's developers. All plugins are different. – vancoder Feb 19 at 17:51
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    @vancoder No, in that regard they are not. – fuxia Feb 19 at 18:04
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Use the filter template_include to override a template path. Example:

add_filter( 'template_include', function( $template ) {
    
    if ( ! is_singular() ) {
        return $template;
    }
    
    if ( 'project' !== get_post_type() ) {
        return $template;
    }
    
    // Now we can safefely
    return get_stylesheet_directory() . '/single-project.php';      
});
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  • Thanks a lot! That worked – Geertjan Feb 20 at 11:12

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