How to Enable oEmbed in Text/HTML Widgets in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to enable oEmbed for widgets? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to enable oEmbed in text/HTML 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:

add_filter( 'widget_text', array( $wp_embed, 'run_shortcode' ), 8 );
add_filter( 'widget_text', array( $wp_embed, 'autoembed'), 8 );

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

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 7 best WordPress calendar plugins and how to secure your WordPress forms.

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  1. Hello! I attempted to insert this code using the Simple Custom CCS plugin on my WordPress site but received many “unexpected token” messages when inserting it. I see this post is old, but in case you see this could you please let me know if you have any advice? Thank you for your help!

    1. This is not CSS code, but rather PHP. You may want to use the Code Snippets plugin instead.

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