WPide is a WordPress code editor and file editor with automatic backups. You can edit any files in your wp-content folder, not just plugins and themes. Code completion will help you remember your WordPress/PHP commands providing function reference along the way. Edit multiple files with the tabbed editor.

This plugin would not be possible without the Ajax.org Cloud9 Editor which is the embedded code editor that powers much of the functionality.

Current Features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • PHP syntax checking before saving to disk to try and banish white screen of death after uploading invalid PHP
  • Line numbers
  • Find+replace
  • Code autocomplete for WordPress and PHP functions along with function description, arguments and return value where applicable
  • Colour assist – a colour picker that only shows once you double click a hex colour code in the editor. You can also drag your own image into the colour picker to use instead of the default swatch (see other notes for info).
  • Automatic backup of every file you edit. (one daily backup and one hourly backup of each file stored in plugins/WPide/backups/filepath)
  • File tree allowing you to access and edit any file in your wp-content folder (plugins, themes, uploads etc)
  • Use the file browser to rename, delete, download, zip and unzip files (so you can download a zipped version of your whole theme for example)
  • Create new files and directories
  • Highlight matching parentheses
  • Code folding
  • Auto indentation
  • Tabbed interface for editing multiple files (editing both plugin and theme files at the same time)
  • Using the WordPress filesystem API

Feature ideas and improvements:

  • Improve the code autocomplete command information, providing more information on the commands, adding links through to the WordPress codex and PHP.net website for further info.
  • Create an admin panel to choose between syntax highlighting themes and turn on/off other Ajax.org Cloud9 functionality
  • Better automated file backup process
  • Templates/shortcuts for frequently used code snippets, maybe even with an interface to accept variables that could be injected into code snippet templates.
  • Integration with version control systems such as Git

Icon based on code by Pravin Unagar.

Other Feature notes

You can modify the filesystem root using the ‘wpide_filesystem_root’ filter

So to restrict editing to the Twenty Eleven theme only you could do this:

add_filter(‘wpide_filesystem_root’, ‘wpide_filesystem_root_override’);
function wpide_filesystem_root_override($path){
// the default path variable will be WP_CONTENT_DIR
return $path . “/themes/twentyeleven”;

Colour assist

The colour picker only shows if you double click a hex colour value in the editor (3 or 6 characters with a proceeding hash #FF0000)

The default colour picker has limited colours. You can replace this image with an image of your own by dragging and dropping a new image onto the default one (due to security reasons this can only be an image from the same domain).

Using this you can either create your own swatch of colours or just drag in your websites logo or header image.

If you close the editor any custom colour picker image will be forgotten. We maybe thing about making this persist and also make the image uploadable as well as drag+drop.

Ekran Görüntüleri

  • Editor view, showing line numbers and syntax highlighting.
  • Image editor in action
  • Showing auto complete, function reference and file tree.
  • Default colour picker image


  1. Upload the WPide folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Access WPide by clicking the WPide menu item in your main administration menu


What is in place to stop me from breaking my website – “The white screen of death”

When you edit a PHP file, before that file is saved to the filesystem it is syntax checked to make sure there isn’t something obvious that will break your site.

Every file that you edit is backed up before your first save to the filesystem and then on subsequent saves WPide will try and make a backup. It will save a maximum of 1 backup per hour to the server.

As you edit or more specifically save PHP files the restore button will display which will allow you to restore the most recent backup.

If your WordPress install is fully functional then you can use the file tree to browse all of your backed up files (plugins/WPide/backups..), if your WordPress install isn’t responding then restoring the file using the restore button or directly via FTP/SSH is the only way.

The backed up PHP files cannot be accessed/restored from the web directly without the 40 digit nonce/key so should not pose a security concern.

Can I override the default file permissions when creating files/directories on the local filesystem

Yes you can using the below WordPress settings in wp-config.php which will effect files created with WPide and files added during the WordPress upgrade process.

define(‘FS_CHMOD_DIR’, (0755 & ~ umask()));
define(‘FS_CHMOD_FILE’, (0644 & ~ umask()));

Whenever I try to edit an image the application says that it could not load the image

Either the image contains no image data (its a new empty file) or the image is not accessible to the image editor. Your images need to be accessible to the web. i.e. if you’re developing a site on your local machine behind a router/firewall your local web server could not be accessible to the web.


27 Ekim 2016
Found this great plugin most useful when fixing problems on customers sites - it's such a relief not to be using the default editor and having a check that tells you when you missed a brake or the like. Keep up the good work!
3 Eylül 2016
Worked perfectly: Files were easy to find and edit. Much easier than having to ftp a newer version of the file in order to make changes.
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Değişiklik Kaydı


  • 2022-04-26
  • Plugin acquired by XplodedThemes
  • A brand new and completely revamped version of WPide is coming soon, Stay tuned!


  • 2020-04-13
  • getting the plugin back to life
  • started big code cleanup
  • completely removed experimental Git features
  • full compatible with latest WordPress


  • Context menu option added to file browser to rename, delete, download, zip, unzip!! thanks to shanept https://github.com/shanept for the code behind this.
    Right click on a folder/file in the file browser to see options (Thanks to https://github.com/shanept)
  • find+replace
  • Stopped using the full functionality of sanitize_file_name() and using a cut down version instead that allows period, dash and underscore at the beginning and end of filename.
  • corrected invalid regex for determining image type
  • Changed order of PHP4 compatible constructor in an attempt to stop a PHP Strict Standard error
  • Update to Ace Editor 1.2.0
  • Editor settings, so that it’s possible to change the theme and other editor features/behaviours
  • New application icon in menu bar


  • Update the Ace component to 1.1.1 which includes some bug fixes, a PHP worker (showing PHP errors as you work) and a greatly improved search box.
  • Fixed issue with file save showing javascript alert as if there was a failure when there wasn’t
  • Order folders and files alphabetically


  • As a quick fix I have commentted out the git functionality as the namespacing used is causing issues with old versions of PHP


  • Added initial git functions using the following library: PHP-Stream-Wrapper-for-Git from https://github.com/teqneers/PHP-Stream-Wrapper-for-Git
  • Initial Git functionality added – it’s very experimental!


  • Add restore recent backup facility – It’s a primative implementation at this point but it does the job. See FAQ note.
  • Turned on the LESS mode when a .LESS file is edited
  • Made the autocomplete functionality only be enabled for PHP files otherwise it can be a pain to write txt files like this one!


  • Ramped up the version number because the last one was just getting silly
  • Interface changes to make the editor take up more screen space. Including hiding the WP admin menu and footer.


  • Fixed problem saving PHP documents – PHP-Parser library wasn’t included in the codebase correctly


  • PHP syntax checking before saving to disk (Using: https://github.com/nikic/PHP-Parser)


  • Fixed error Warning: Creating default object from empty value in WPide.php
  • Updated the ace editor to current build


  • Added colour assist – a colour picker that displays when you double click a hex colour code in the editor (see other notes for info).
  • Added a confirm box to stop you exiting the editor by mistake and losing unsaved chnages.
  • Added ‘wpide_filesystem_root’ filter (see other notes for info).
  • A number of bug fixes.


  • Added links to the WordPress codex and the PHP manual from within the function refrence for further info


  • Newly created files use to contain a space, instead it now defaults to a blank file.


  • Fixed a problem with file loading (ajax) indicator not showing.


  • Upload snapshot of current ajaxorg editor (master/build/src) at 00:30 on the 22 May 2012. Which fixes some issues with selecting big blocks of text, code folding seems better with gutter interface hidden when not in use


  • Fix browser compatibility issues


  • Fixing issue with closing tabs not focusing onto next tab once closed.
  • Fixed issue with detecting ajax url correctly which was causing all WPide ajax requests to fail if WordPress was installed in a subdirectory.
  • Stopped autocomplete from trying to work when a js/css file is being edited.


  • Cleaned up the WPide class and modified the way the class is passed to WordPress actions/filters.


  • On startup the editor page now shows extra debuggin information for the filesystem API initialisation.


  • On startup the initial editor page now shows some startup info regarding file permissions to help with debugging.


  • If WPide cannot access your files due to permissions then when it starts up it will give you an alert to say this.


  • Image editing is now available using the SumoPaint image editor and drawing application http://www.sumopaint.com/


  • You can now create new files/folders


  • Recreated this plugin as a dedicated WPide section/app rather than extending the built in plugin/theme editor (just incase WP remove it)
  • Now using the WP filesystem API (although currently restricted to local access)
  • More security checks on file opening and editing
  • Added new file tree for exploring the file system and opening files (any file in wp-content)
  • Massive overhaul to code autocomplete functionality with the addition of function information right in the app
  • Update the ajaxorg Ace Editor to the current branch
  • Tabbed editing


  • Added link to meta section of plugin list for easy install of V2 Dev version if you have dismissed the alert.


  • Added the facility to download and run the cutting edge development version of WPide from the Github repository


  • Implemented JavaScript and CSS mode for better syntax highlighing and checking (Thanks to Thomas Wieczorek)
  • Organise and format source code


  • Tidy and comment code
  • Added message when backup file is generated
  • Adjust code complete dropdown position
  • Improved editor responsiveness when using delete or enter keys


  • Fixed “Folder name case” issue.


  • Initial release.