# Using wp_editor in shortcode

I am building a plugin for frontend submission. I am using shortcodes API to display the form for content submission, but I am having troubles. The problem is, wp_editor echoe's data, and shortcode should return data. When I integrate wp_editor like this:

$final_form .= wp_editor();  form does render, but not in the place but on top of the post content, where shotcode is included. Do you have any idea how would one use wp_editor in shortcode API? I don't wan't to bother with manually calling TinyMCE etc. Thank you. ## 1 Answer If a function echos data, you can use php output buffering to capture the echoed output and return it instead // Turn on the output buffer ob_start(); // Echo the editor to the buffer wp_editor(); // Store the contents of the buffer in a variable$editor_contents = ob_get_clean();

// Return the content you want to the calling function
return \$editor_contents;

• Thank you for suggestion. Could you show me an example code? Sep 26, 2012 at 14:56
• see edit above.
– Milo
Sep 26, 2012 at 15:26
• Isn't there a get_wp_editor() function? The output buffering looks a bit "hacky". Jan 3, 2013 at 13:25
• @CiprianPopescu there is no get_wp_editor, you can look in source and see exactly why output buffering is necessary in this case, nothing really hacky about it.
– Milo
Jan 3, 2013 at 19:14
• Thanks @Milo. I hope they'll add the option to return it instead of echoing it, without using output buffering. I'm using it for a front-end textarea. Jan 3, 2013 at 21:48