Previously, I used the get_option() function to get an option in PHP, like this:

$width = get_option('my_width');

This is inside a shortcode function.

Now, I want to have an option in JavaScript. Is that possible?

The JS is added with wp_enqueue_script, from a shortcode function.


2 Answers 2


Define an array of parameters to be injected into the script:

$script_params = array(
    'myWidth' => get_option('my_width')

Localize the script via wp_localize_script:

wp_localize_script( 'your-script-handle', 'scriptParams', $script_params );

scriptParams now is a js object you can access from within the script:

alert( scriptParams.myWidth ); // the value from the PHP get_option call in the js
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    Remember you have to wp_enqueue_scripts and insert in there the wp_localize_script logic. Apr 22, 2015 at 16:54
  • Anyone know where this code should go?
    – rebellion
    Jun 20, 2015 at 9:51
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    This is my current approach for reading / writing options for a Gutenberg block. I localize the client script with the saved options and use those as default values for my InspectorControls controls. I then rewrite the options in the ServerSideRender callback. However I'm having trouble with the responses becoming too large, and would like to look into handling everything from the client side code: but I'm guessing there is no javascript API for options or transients? Jun 5, 2020 at 14:57

Building on the accepted answer and filling in some details...

You need to call wp_localize script right after wp_enqueue_script. So, something like this:

function my_enqueue_scripts() {
        plugins_url( 'js/my.js', __FILE__)

    $options = get_option( 'my_settings' );

    $scriptData = array(
        'width' => $options['my_width'],

    wp_localize_script('myjs', 'my_options', $scriptData);

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_enqueue_scripts' );

Then, as the accept answer shows, my_options is now a JavaScript object.

alert( my_options.width );

The way that this works is that wp_localise_script embeds some JavaScript in the HTML of the page, right before including your script:

<script type='text/javascript'>
/* <![CDATA[ */
var my_options = {"width":"42"};
/* ]]> */
<script type='text/javascript' src='http://localhost/wp-content/plugins/my_plugin/js/myjs.js?ver=1.0'></script>

So that's how send data from PHP on a server to JavaScript in a browser via HTML using WordPress. Clever, hey?

(Aside: I had a problem where $options wasn't defined. I thought it was because the queuing was happening before $options was defined as the WP docs mention. So I had my script loading in the footer using the in_footer argument of wp_enqueue_script (which means the localization data would be there too). Later, I moved it back to the header to see if that was really a problem, and everything was still working. So, beware.).

If it seems like a hack to be using something called wp_localize_script, note that the WordPress docs say that what we're doing is completely acceptable:

Though localization is the primary use, it can be used to make any data available to your script that you can normally only get from the server side of WordPress.

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