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Function Reference/get option


A safe way of getting values for a named option from the options database table. If the desired option does not exist, or no value is associated with it, FALSE will be returned.


 <?php echo get_option$option$default ); ?> 


(string) (required) Name of the option to retrieve. A concise list of valid options is below, but a more complete one can be found at the Option Reference. Matches $option_name in register_setting() for custom options.
Default: None
  • 'admin_email' - E-mail address of blog administrator.
  • 'blogname' - Weblog title; set in General Options.
  • 'blogdescription' - Tagline for your blog; set in General Options.
  • 'blog_charset' - Character encoding for your blog; set in Reading Options.
  • 'date_format' - Default date format; set in General Options.
  • 'default_category' - Default post category; set in Writing Options.
  • 'home' - The blog's home web address; set in General Options.
  • 'siteurl' - WordPress web address; set in General Options.
    Warning: This is not the same as get_bloginfo('siteurl') (which will return the homepage url), but as get_bloginfo('wpurl').
  • 'template' - The current theme's name; set in Presentation.
  • 'start_of_week' - Day of week calendar should start on; set in General Options.
  • 'upload_path' - Default upload location; set in Miscellaneous Options.
  • 'posts_per_page' - Maximum number of posts to show on a page; set in Reading Options.
  • 'posts_per_rss' - Maximum number of most recent posts to show in the syndication feed; set in Reading Options.
There are many more options available, a lot of which depend on what plugins you have installed. Visit the /wp-admin/options.php page for a complete list.

Underscores separate words, lowercase only - this is going to be in a database.

(mixed) (optional) The default value to return if no value is returned (ie. the option is not in the database).
Default: false

Return Values

Current value for the specified option. If the option does not exist, returns parameter $default if specified or boolean FALSE by default.



get_option'no_exists_value' );
var_dump$no_exists_value ); /* outputs false */

$no_exists_value get_option'no_exists_value''default_value' );
var_dump$no_exists_value ); /* outputs 'default_value' */


Show Blog Title

Displays your blog's title in a <h1> tag.  <h1><?php echo get_option'blogname' ); ?></h1> 

Show Character Set

Displays the character set your blog is using (ex: UTF-8)  <p>Character set: <?php echo get_option'blog_charset' ); ?> </p> 

Retrieve Administrator E-mail

Retrieve the e-mail of the blog administrator, storing it in a variable.  <?php $admin_email get_option'admin_email' ); ?> 


  • Uses: apply_filters()
    • Calls 'pre_option_$option' before checking the option. Any value other than false will "short-circuit" the retrieval of the option and return the returned value. You should not try to override special options, but you will not be prevented from doing so.
    • Calls 'option_$option', after checking the option, with the option value.
    • Calls 'default_option_$option' to filter $default before returning it if it is set and the value doesn't exist.
  • Uses: maybe_unserialize() to unserialize the value before returning it.


  • Since 1.5.0

Source File

get_option() is located in wp-includes/option.php.


See also index of Function Reference and index of Template Tags.