function get_real_file_to_edit( $file ) {}

Get the real file system path to a file to edit within the admin
If the $file is index.php or .htaccess this function will assume it is relative to the install root, otherwise it is assumed the file is relative to the wp-content directory


  • string $file: filesystem path relative to the WordPress install directory or to the wp-content directory

Return values

returns:full file system path to edit

Source code

function get_real_file_to_edit( $file ) {

	if ('index.php' == $file || '.htaccess' == $file ) {

		$real_file = get_home_path() . $file;

	} else {

		$real_file = WP_CONTENT_DIR . $file;


	return $real_file;



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