Code Snippets

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Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to run PHP code snippets on your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme's functions.php file.

A snippet is a small chunk of PHP code that you can use to extend the functionality of a WordPress-powered website; essentially a mini-plugin with less load on your site. Most snippet-hosting sites tell you to add snippet code to your active theme's functions.php file, which can get rather long and messy after a while. Code Snippets changes that by providing a GUI interface for adding snippets and actually running them on your site just as if they were in your theme's functions.php file.

Code Snippets provides graphical interface, similar to the Plugins menu, for managing snippets. Snippets can can be activated and deactivated, just like plugins. The snippet editor includes fields for a name, a visual editor-enabled description, tags to allow you to categorize snippets, and a full-featured code editor. Snippets can be exported for transfer to another side, either in JSON for later importing by the Code Snippets plugin, or in PHP for creating your own plugin or theme.

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If you'd like to contribute to the plugin's code or translate it into another language, you can fork the plugin on GitHub.


Code Snippets can be used in these different languages thanks to the following translators:

  • Danish - Finn Sommer Jensen
  • French momo-fr and Shea Bunge
  • Belarusian -
  • Brazilian Portuguese Bruno Borges
  • French (Canada) - Dominic Desbiens
  • Indonesian - Jordan Silaen from
  • German - Mario Siegmann, Joerg Knoerchen, and David Decker
  • Dutch - Sander Spies
  • Slovak - Jn Fajk
  • Russian - Alexander Samsonov
  • Chinese - Jincheng Shan
  • Croatian - Borisa Djuraskovic from Web Hosting Hub
  • Japanese - mt8

Releases (55 )

Version Release Date Change Log
2.13.3 2020-01-25

(13 Mar 2019) = * Added: Hover effect to activation switches. * Added: Additional save buttons above snippet editor. * Added: List save keyboard shortcuts to the help tooltip. * Added: Change "no items found" message when search filters match nothing. * Fixed: Calling deprecated code in database upgrade process. * Fixed: Include snippet priority in export files. * Fixed: Use Unix newlines in code export file. * Updated CodeMirror to version 5.44.0. * Fixed: Correctly register snippet tables with WordPress to prevent database repair errors [#] * Fixed: CodeMirror indentation settings being applied incorrectly

2.13.2 2019-03-13

(25 Jan 2019) = * Removed potentially problematic cursor position saving feature

2.13.1 2019-01-24

Fixes for single-use snippets and French translation

2.13.0 2019-01-22

(17 Dec 2018) = * Added: Search/replace functionality to the snippet editor. See here for a list of keyboard shortcuts. [#] * Updated CodeMirror to version 5.42.0 * Added: Option to make admin menu more compact * Fixed: Problem clearing recently active snippet list * Improved: Integration between plugin and the CodeMirror library, to prevent collisions * Improved: Added additional styles to editor settings preview * Added: PHP linter to code editor * Improved: Use external scripts instead of inline scripts * Fixed: Missing functionality for 'Auto Close Brackets' and 'Highlight Selection Matches' settings

2.12.1 2018-12-17

(15 Nov 2018) = * Improved: CodeMirror updated to version 5.41.0 * Improved: Attempt to create database columns that might be missing after a table upgrade * Improved: Streamlined upgrade process * Fixed: Interface layout on sites using right-to-left languages * Improved: Made search box appear at top of page on mobile [#] * Updated screenshots

2.12.0 2018-11-15

(23 Sep 2018) = * Fixed: Prevented hidden columns setting from reverting to default * Improved: Updated import page to improve usability * Improved: Added Import button next to page title on manage page * Improved: Added coloured banner indicating whether a snippet is active when editing * Update CodeMirror to 5.40.0

2.10.1 2018-07-21

(10 Feb 2018) = * Fixed: Prevent errors when trying to export no snippets * Fixed: Use wp_json_encode() to encode export data * Fixed: Check both the file extension and MIME type of uploaded import files

2.10.0 2018-02-10

Improvements for multisite and new single-use snippet scope

2.9.6 2018-01-18

(14 Jan 2018) = * Added Brazilian Portuguese translation by Bruno Borges * Fixed: Use standard WordPress capabilities instead of custom capabilities to prevent lockouts * Fixed: Multisite issue with retrieving active shared snippets from the wrong table causing duplicate snippet execution * Moved scope and other settings on single snippet page to below code area

2.9.5 2018-01-14

Fixed issue with saving snippets on multisite

2.9.4 2018-01-14

(19 Sep 2017) = * Fixed: Prevented PHP error from occurring when saving a snippet * Minor improvements to database creation function

2.9.3 2017-09-19

(11 Sep 2017) = * Fixed: Prevent snippets from being executed twice when saving due to invalid ID being passed to allow_execute_snippet filter * Fixed: Re-enabled output suppression when executing snippets

2.9.2 2017-09-11

(8 Sep 2017) = * Fixed: Do not attempt to combine queries for fetching local and multisite snippets

2.9.1 2017-09-07

(7 Sep 2017) = * Fixed: Prevent illegal mix of collations errors when fetching snippets from database tables with different collations [#]

2.9.0 2017-09-07

(6 Sep 2017) = * Fixed: Prevented invalid properties from being set when saving a snippet * Fixed: Use the correct protocol when saving a snippet * Improved: Moved code to disable snippet execution into a filter hook * Fixed: Active shared snippets not being updated correctly * Improved: execute_active_snippets() function updated with improved efficiency * Improved: Renamed Snippet class to avoid name collisions with other plugins * Improved: Don't hide output when executing a snippet * Updated CodeMirror to version 5.28.0

2.8.5 2017-05-13

Prevents snippets from displaying twice in snippets table on multisite

2.8.4 2017-05-13

Fixes error with previous version on non-multisite

2.8.3 2017-04-29

Fixes potential security exploit; please update immediately

2.8.2 2017-04-29

Fixed fatal error preventing activated snippets from saving

2.8.1 2017-02-26

(25 Feb 2017) = * Updated German translation * Fixed admin menu items not translating * Removed possible conflict between Debug Bar Console plugin (#) * Corrected editor alignment on RTL sites (#) * Fixed bulk actions running when Filter button is clicked (#) * Updated CodeMirror to version 5.24.0

2.8.0 2016-12-13

Interface tweaks

2.7.0 2016-09-29
  • Fixed plugin translations being loaded
  • Increase default snippets per page so that all are usually shown
  • Fixed description field not being imported
  • Updated German translation by Mario Siegmann
  • Fixed issue with CodeMirror rubyblue theme [#]
  • Added query var to disable snippet execution. To use, add ?snippets-safe-mode=true to the URL
  • Fixed snippet fields not importing
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 5.17.0
  • Fixed a minor XSS vulnerability discovered by Burak Kelebek [#]
2.6.1 2016-07-22
  • Updated German translation by Mario Siegmann
  • Fixed error catching not working correctly
  • Updated error catching to work with snippets including functions and classes
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 5.11
  • Fixed editor autoresizing
2.5.0 2015-12-31
  • Added: Detect parse and fatal errors in code when saving a snippet, and display a user-friendly message
  • Fixed: Updated access of some methods in Code_Snippets_List_Table class to match updated WP_List_Table class
2.6.0 2015-12-31
  • Reconfigured plugin to use classloader and converted a lot of functional code into OOP code
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 5.10.0
  • Added [code_snippets] shortcode for embedding snippet code in a post
  • Fixed broken snippet search feature [#]
  • Added front-end syntax highlighting for shortcode using PrismJS
2.4.2 2015-10-08
  • Added query variable to activate safe mode
  • Fixed settings not saving
  • Fixed snippet descriptions not displaying on manage menu
  • Added settings to disable description and tag editors
  • Fixed: Load CodeMirror after plugin styles to fix error with Zenburn theme
  • Fixed: Hide snippet scope icons when the scope selector is disabled
  • Fixed description heading on edt snippet menu being hidden when visual editor disabled
  • Updated editor preview updating code to use vanilla JavaScript instead of jQuery
  • Fixed: Deactivate a shared network snippet on all subsites when it looses its sharing status
2.4.1 2015-09-27
  • Fixed CodeMirror themes not being detected on settings page
2.4.0 2015-09-17
  • Added ability to share network snippets to individual sites on WordPress multisite
  • Improved code directory and class structure
  • Remove legacy code for pre-3.6 compatibility
  • Improved code for printing admin messages
  • Updated German translation (Joerg Knoerchen)
  • Added code_snippets/after_execute_snippet filter
  • Added class for individual snippets
  • Updated get_snippets() function to retrieve individual snippets
  • Removed scope statuses and added fixed tags to indicate scope
  • Changed admin page headers to use <h1> tags instead of <h2> tags
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 5.6
  • Removed snippet settings page from network admin
2.2.3 2015-09-17
  • Fixed broken call to export_snippet() function
  • Added support for importing and exporting snippet scope
  • Fixed duplicate primary key database error
  • Improved database table structure
2.3.0 2015-09-17
  • Removed nested functions
  • Added icons for admin and front-end snippets to manage table
  • Improved settings retrieval by caching settings
  • Updated Russian translation by Alexey Chumakov
  • Added filter switch to prevent a snippet from executing (#25)
  • Fixed errors in string translation
  • Fixed bug in import process (#32)
2.2.2 2015-05-11
  • Polyfilled array_replace_recursive() function for PHP 5.2
  • Updated references to old plugin site
  • Resolved JavaScript error on edit snippet pages
  • Made minor updates to French translation file
  • Added statuses for snippet scopes on manage snippets table
2.2.1 2015-05-10
  • Fixed the default values of new setting not being applied
  • Fixed missing background of tags input
2.2.0 2015-05-10
  • Introduced CodeSniffer testing on code
  • Fixed description heading disappearing when media buttons enabled
  • Added snippet scope selector
  • Minified all CSS and JS in plugin
  • Made CodeMirror theme names more readable
  • Fixed bug causing translations to not be loaded
2.1.0 2015-05-09
  • Added additional setting descriptions
  • Added settings for code and description editor height
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 5.2
  • Fixed not escaping the request URL when using query arg functions
  • Improved efficiency of settings component
2.0.1 2015-02-25
  • Fix table creation code not running on upgrade
  • Fix snippets per page option not saving
2.0 2015-02-24


  • Better import/export functionality
  • New settings page with code editor settings
  • Code rewritten for cleaner and more efficient code
  • Lots of new translations

  • Removed old admin style support

  • Removed backwards-compatible support

  • Added braces to single-line conditionals in line with new coding standards

  • Split up large classes into separate functions

  • Improved plugin file structure

  • Replaced uninstall hook with single file method

  • Added link to Code Snippets importer under Snippets admin menu

  • Added settings component and admin page

  • Added support for different CodeMirror themes

  • Integrated tags component into main plugin. Current users of the Code Snippets Tags plugin can safely uninstall it.

  • Added Auto Close Brackets CodeMirror addon (props to TronicLabs)

  • Fixed incompatibility errors with PHP 5.2

  • Added Serbo-Croatian translation by Borisa Djuraskovic from Web Hosting Hub

  • Fixed empty MO translation files

  • Added Highlight Selection Matches CodeMirror addon (props to TronicLabs)

  • Added Chinese translation thanks to Jincheng Shan

  • Updated CodeMirror library to version 4.6

  • Added Russian translation by Alexander Samsonov

  • Added Slovak translation by [Jn Fajk] from WordPress Slovakia

  • Added setting to always save and activate snippets by default

  • Updated CodeMirror library to version 5.0

  • Rewritten import/export functionality to use DOMDocument

  • Merged Code_Snippets_Export_PHP class into Code_Snippets_Export class

  • Removed duplicate MySQL primary key indexing 2015-01-06

Add capability check to snippets importer

1.9.1 2014-01-02
  • Use an icon font for menu icon instead of embedded SVG
  • Use Sass (libsass) instead of Compass
  • Unminify CodeMirror scripts
  • Fixes for the WP 3.8 interface
  • Fix 'enable snippets menu for site admins' multisite setting
1.9 2013-11-11
  • Add and remove network capabilities as super admins are added and removed
  • Updated MP6 icon implementation
  • Replaced buggy trim <?php and ?> functionality with a much more reliable regex method (#)
  • Added French translation thanks to translator oWEB
  • Fixed snippet failing to save when code contains % character, props to nikan06 (#)
  • Added 'Save & Deactivate' button to the edit snippet page (#)
  • Removed edit and install capabilities (now only uses the manage capability)
  • Fixed HTML breaking in export files (#)
  • Make the title of each snippet on the manage page a clickable link to edit the snippet (#)
  • Added nonce to edit snippet page
  • Hide row actions on manage snippet page by default
  • Removed screenshots from plugin
  • Improved CodeMirror implementation
  • Added a fallback MP6 icon
  • Use the proper WordPress database APIs all of the time
  • Rewritten export functionality
  • Fixed incorrect export filename
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 3.19
  • Removed CodeMirror bundled with plugin
  • Updated plugin banner
  • Fixed CodeMirror incompatibility with the WP Editor plugin
  • Fixed CodeMirror incompatibility with the Debug Bar Console plugin 2013-08-18
  • Updated MP6 icon implementation
1.8.1 2013-07-29
  • Compiled all CodeMirror scripts into a single file
  • Use Sass + Compass for CSS
  • Use Grunt for build automation
  • Minify CSS
  • Fixed code typo that was breaking export files
  • Updated CodeMirror to 3.15
1.8 2013-07-09
  • Allow no snippet name or code to be set
  • Prevented an error on fresh multisite installations
  • Refactored code to use best practices
  • Improved database table creation method: on a single-site install, the snippets table will always be created. On a multisite install, the network snippets table will always be created; the site-specific table will always be created for the main site; for sub-sites the snippets table will only be created on a visit to a snippets admin page.
  • Updated to CodeMirror 3.14
  • Changes to action and filter hook API
  • Added error message handling for import snippets page
  • Don't encode HTML entities in database 2013-05-02
  • Correct path to admin menu icon (#) 2013-04-29
  • Fix a minor bug with custom capabilities and admin menus
1.7.1 2013-04-21
  • Fix a bug with snippet being set as deactivated when saved
  • Updated PHP Documentation completely. [View online]
  • Only load admin functions when viewing dashboard
  • Added German translation thanks to David Decker
  • Allow or deny site administrators access to snippet admin menus. Set your preference in the Enable Administration Menus setting under the Settings > Network Settings network admin menu.
  • Improve database table creation and upgrade process
  • Optimized to use less database queries
1.7 2013-03-27
  • Improved plugin API
  • Fixed a bug with saving snippets per page option (#)
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 3.11
  • Allow plugin to be activated on individual sites on multisite (#)
  • Slimmed down the description visual editor
  • Added icon for the new MP6 admin UI (#)
  • Strip PHP tags from the beginning and end of a snippet in case someone forgets
  • Changed to MIT license
  • Removed HTML, CSS and JavaScript CodeMirror modes that were messing things up
  • Made everything leaner, faster, and better
1.6.1 2012-12-29
  • Fixed a bug with permissions not being applied on install (#)
  • Fixed a bug in the uninstall method (#)
1.6 2012-12-22
  • Updated code editor to use CodeMirror 3
  • Improved compatibility with Clean Options plugin
  • Code improvements and optimization
  • Changed namespace from cs to code_snippets
  • Move css and js under assets
  • Organized CodeMirror scripts
  • Improved updating process
  • Current line of code editor is now highlighted
  • Highlight matches of selected text in code editor
  • Only create snippet tables when needed
  • Store multisite only options in site options table
  • Fixed compatibility bugs with WordPress 3.5
1.5 2012-09-18
  • Updated CodeMirror to version 2.33
  • Updated the 'Manage Snippets' page to use the WP_List_Table class
    • Added 'Screen Options' tab to 'Manage Snippets' page
    • Added search capability to 'Manage Snippets' page
    • Added views to easily filter activated, deactivated and recently activated snippets
    • Added ID column to 'Manage Snippets' page
    • Added sortable name and ID column on 'Manage Snippets' page (#)
  • Added custom capabilities
  • Improved API
  • Added 'Export to PHP' feature (#)
  • Lengthened snippet name field to 64 characters (#)
  • Added i18n
1.3.2 2012-09-17
  • Fixed a bug with version 1.3.1
1.4 2012-09-17
  • Added interface to Network Dashboard
  • Updated uninstall to support multisite
  • Replaced EditArea with CodeMirror
  • Small improvements
1.3 2012-08-01
  • Added export option to 'Manage Snippets' page
  • Added 'Import Snippets' page
1.2 2012-07-31
  • Minor improvements
  • Added code highlighting
  • Removed 'Uninstall Plugin' page. Data will now be cleaned up when plugin is deleted through WordPress admin.
1.0 2012-07-02
  • Stable version released.


1.1 2012-06-24
  • Fixed a permissions bug with DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT being set to true
  • Fixed a bug with the page title reading 'Add New Snippet' on the 'Edit Snippets' page