Does anyone know how to enqueue the script "Jquery UI Tabs" in admin area? I want to use it inside my theme options page. Already read the related wordpress documentation but with no results... I have added UI Tabs to the front-end and works fine but I cant add it in the admin area... Thanks in advance.

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I normally load it as a dependancy of my plugin's js file like so:

if ( is_admin() ) {
    //load my plugin's js
    add_action('admin_print_scripts', 'my_plugin_load_js' );


function my_plugin_load_js() {
    $plugin_js = WP_PLUGIN_URL . '/' . plugin_basename( dirname(__FILE__) ) . '/my-plugin.js';
    wp_enqueue_script('my-plugin-js', $plugin_js, array('jquery-ui-tabs'), '1.0');

  • kalengi thank you very very much. works fine! Should I use admin_print_scripts or admin_enqueue_scripts?
    – Arg Geo
    Jul 23, 2012 at 22:26
  • Ah, and how could I enqueue UI Tabs without any other custom js file?
    – Arg Geo
    Jul 23, 2012 at 22:29
  • re: admin_print_scripts vs admin_enqueue_scripts - seems there aren't any strict rules on which to use. In my case I just went with the one that worked and stuck with it.
    – KalenGi
    Jul 23, 2012 at 23:00
  • re: enqueue UI Tabs other custom js - You could achieve this by using wp_enqueue_script('jquery-ui-tabs', PATH_TO_JQUERY_UI_TABS_JS, array('jquery'), JQUERY_UI_TABS_VERSION);. I stay away from this aproach due to 1) You have to know the path to the ui-tabs js file. 2) You have to keep track of the ui-tabs version information. I'd much rather leave those tasks to WP.
    – KalenGi
    Jul 23, 2012 at 23:08
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    You don’t need the is_admin() check. 'admin_print_scripts' will never be fired on the front-end.
    – fuxia
    Jul 24, 2012 at 2:29

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