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Files in use


Key features

  • Show theme’s template file of current page
  • Other files that are used/included by this template files, e.g. header.php, footer.php etc
  • Show plugins’ files that are being used by current page
  • Each of the files are hyperlinked to the file editor. You can just click and edit any of the files.
  • Multiple filter hooks enabled. For example, you can decide either you want to show plugins’ files in the list or not.


  • Showing files in use in admin bar


  1. Upload `files-in-use` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


How to show/hide included child files along with main template file?

There is a filter hook cb_monitor_show_included_files to show/hide child files.
function my_function_to_show_child_files( $show ){
return true; // use false to hide
add_filter( ‘cb_monitor_show_included_files’, ‘my_function_to_show_child_files’ );

How to show/hide plugins’ files that are currently in use?

Use filter hook cb_monitor_show_plugin_files to show/hide plugins’ files.
function my_function_to_show_plugins_files( $show ){
return true; // use false to hide
add_filter( ‘cb_monitor_show_plugin_files’, ‘my_function_to_show_plugins_files’ );

Are there any other hooks available?

Yes, there are 5 filter hooks available.

// show/hide child files
apply_filters( 'cb_monitor_show_included_files', true );

// show/hide theme files
apply_filters( 'cb_monitor_show_theme_files', true );

// show/hide plugins' files
apply_filters( 'cb_monitor_show_plugin_files', false );

// set a label for the menu
apply_filters( 'cb_monitor_menu_label', '<strong style="font-weight:bold;color:#fff">Files in use: </strong>' );

// add/remove menu meta
apply_filters( 'cb_monitor_menu_meta', array( 'target' => '_blank' ) );


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Contributors & Developers

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1.1 – 02.03.2017

  • [fix] Warning error fix


  • Initial release