How to Check If Sidebar Has Widgets in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to check if sidebar has widgets areas? This is good if you want to hide section when there aren’t any widgets in it. While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to check if sidebar has widgets in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function is_sidebar_active($index) {
    global $wp_registered_sidebars;
    $widgetcolums = wp_get_sidebars_widgets();
    if ($widgetcolums[$index])
        return true;
    return false;

To check the sidebar, you can add this code in your index.php file.

if( is_sidebar_active( 'sidebar-name' ) ):
    // code

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Thank you for the idea. Maybe replacing this;

    if ($widgetcolums[$index])


    if (isset($widgetcolums[$index]) && $widgetcolums[$index])

    in case sidebar is not registered yet, or use is_active_sidebar() function together.

    Best regards.

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