{eac}Doojigger Readme Extension for WordPress


{eac}Readme is an {eac}Doojigger extension which loads and translates a WordPress markdown ‘readme.txt’ file providing shortcodes to access header lines and section blocks.

Shortcode Usage

The first used shortcode must indicate the file to load…

[eacReadme file='/docfolder/readme.txt']        # file is relative to the WordPress document root folder
[eacReadme content='/contentfolder/readme.txt'] # content file is relative to the WordPress content folder (wp-content/)
[eacReadme plugin='/pluginfolder/readme.txt']   # plugin file is relative to the WordPress plugins folder (wp-content/plugins/)
[eacReadme theme='/themefolder/readme.txt']     # theme file is relative to the WordPress themes folder (wp-content/themes/)
[eacReadme wpsvn='/slugname/trunk/readme.txt']  # load file from WordPress SVN repository
[eacReadme github='/owner/repository/main/readme.txt']        # load file from github repository

After which, headers and sections may be pulled from that file…

[eacReadme]All Headers[/eacReadme]              # parses all header lines
[eacReadme]headerName[/eacReadme]               # gets the value of the named header line

[eacReadme]All Sections[/eacReadme]             # parses all section blocks
[eacReadme]sectionName[/eacReadme]              # parses the content of the named section block
[eacReadme]sectionName/sub-section[/eacReadme]  # parses the content of the named sub-section within section block

One shortcode can do it all…

[eacReadme plugin='/pluginfolder/readme.txt']Document[/eacReadme]    # loads the file and parses the entire document

Or load the entire file as a single code block…

[eacReadme theme='/themefolder/functions.php']Code File[/eacReadme]

Shortcode Examples

Get header values…

[eacReadme]Donate link[/eacReadme]
[eacReadme]Requires at least[/eacReadme]
[eacReadme]Stable tag[/eacReadme]

Get unnamed segments…

[eacReadme]Title[/eacReadme]                    # gets the '=== plugin name ===' line (before headers)
[eacReadme]Short Description[/eacReadme]        # gets the short description (between headers and first section block)

Get section blocks…


Get multiple blocks and/or sub-sections…

[eacReadme plugin='/eacReadme/readme.txt']Short Description,Description[/eacReadme]
[eacReadme plugin='/eacReadme/readme.txt']Short Description,Description/Shortcode Examples[/eacReadme]

Get a file as a code block…

[eacReadme theme='/my-child-theme/functions.js' lang='js']Code File[/eacReadme]
[eacReadme theme='/my-child-theme/style.css' lang='css']Code File[/eacReadme]

Other Options

Change the default cache time-to-live by adding to wp-config.php:

define('EAC_README_CACHE_LIFETIME',$seconds);   # default: 1-day (DAY_IN_SECONDS).

Override the default cache time-to-live

[eacReadme ttl=$seconds ...]                    # minimum: 1-minute (MINUTE_IN_SECONDS).

Set the default GitHub access token (for private repositories):


Set/override the GitHub access token

[eacReadme token=$token ...]

Override option to parse markdown when retrieving a segment

[eacReadme parse='true|false' ...]

Set class=’language-*’ on code blocks

[eacReadme lang='php|js|css|html' ...]

Translating Header/Section Names

Translate header/section names when retrieving All Headers, All Sections, or Document

[eacReadme translate='name=newname,...']
[eacReadme translate='Requires at least=Requires WordPress Version,Screenshots=Screen Shots']

Erase default translation table

[eacReadme translate='no|none|false']

Default translation table

    'Headers'               => 'Document Header',
    'Plugin URI'            => 'Homepage',
    'Stable tag'            => 'Current Version',
    'Requires at least'     => 'Requires WordPress Version',
    'Tested up to'          => 'Compatible up to',
    'Requires PHP'          => 'Requires PHP Version',
    'WC requires at least'  => 'Requires WooCommerce',
    'Requires EAC'          => 'Requires {eac}Doojigger',
    'Changelog'             => 'Change Log',
    'Screenshots'           => 'Screen Shots',

Readme Format

{eac}Readme expects a well-formed readme.txt file that follows the WordPress readme file standard


header: value
header: value
short Description<h3>section</h3>    = sub-section =

…but supports some extensions to that standard:

  • Author & Author URI

    • Author header may be a simple name or a markdown link:
      • [Author](Author URI).
    • The Author & Author URI headers, if present, are combined as a markdown [Author](Author URI).
  • Homepage

    • Looks for Homepage or Plugin URI.
  • Version

    • Looks for Version or Stable tag.
  • Contributors

    • profileId – wordpress profile (standard)
    • profileId@youremaildomain.com – gravatar profile
    • profileId@wordpress – wordpress profile
    • profileId@gravatar – gravatar profile
    • profileId@github – github profile
    • [display name](mailto:email@address.com) or [display name](http://www.gravatar.com/profileId/)
    • [display name](https://profiles.wordpress.org/profileId/)
    • [your name]((http://your/profile/url)
  • A “banner” section may be included between the top title line and the first header line.

    <h3>title</h3> [![banner](//image_url)](//link_url)
    header: value
    header: value
    short Description<h3>section</h3> = sub-section =

  • The header block may be enclosed in an html <header> or <details> tag, opening and closing each on a single line. These tags are ignored by the eacParseReadme parser but may be beneficial if posting your readme file elseware. See {eac}Readme on Github.

Note: these extensions are not supported by the WordPress Plugin Repository.

{eac}Readme supports standard markdown (readme.md) formatting for section identification.
+ === title === and ## title are equivalent
+ == section == and ### section are equivalent
+ = sub-section = and #### sub-section are equivalent

Output HTML

When retrieving the header block with …

[eacReadme]All Headers[/eacReadme] or `\eacParseReadme::getAllHeaders()`

Or when retrieving all sections with …

[eacReadme]All Sections[/eacReadme] or `\eacParseReadme::getAllSections()`

Or when retrieving the entire document with …

[eacReadme]Document[/eacReadme] or `\eacParseReadme::getDocument()`

Additional html tags and classes are added, including wrapping blocks within a <details> tags, adding readme-* class names, and adding <a> anchor links.

WordPress Actions

3rd-party actors may load and use the parser class included in {eac}Readme…

    do_action('eacReadme_load_parser');     // loads \eacParseReadme static class
    if (class_exists('\eacParseReadme'))
        $html_document  = \eacParseReadme::getDocument();
        $title          = \eacParseReadme::getTitle();
        $version        = \eacParseReadme::getVersion();
        $donations      = \eacParseReadme::getHeader('donate_link');
        $description    = \eacParseReadme::getSection('description');
    }= Additional Information =


Copyright © 2019-2024, EarthAsylum Consulting, distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should receive a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.


  • Readme Extension

  • Readme Help


{eac}Doojigger Readme Extension is an extension plugin to and requires installation and registration of {eac}Doojigger.

Automatic Plugin Installation

This plugin is available from the WordPress Plugin Repository and can be installed from the WordPress Dashboard » Plugins » Add New page. Search for ‘EarthAsylum’, click the plugin’s [Install] button and, once installed, click [Activate].

See Managing Plugins -> Automatic Plugin Installation

Upload via WordPress Dashboard

Installation of this plugin can be managed from the WordPress Dashboard » Plugins » Add New page. Click the [Upload Plugin] button, then select the eacreadme.zip file from your computer.

See Managing Plugins -> Upload via WordPress Admin

Manual Plugin Installation

You can install the plugin manually by extracting the eacreadme.zip file and uploading the ‘eacreadme’ folder to the ‘wp-content/plugins’ folder on your WordPress server.

See Managing Plugins -> Manual Plugin Installation


Once installed and activated options for this extension will show in the ‘General’ tab of {eac}Doojigger settings.


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Contributors & Developers

“{eac}Doojigger Readme Extension for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Version 1.4.2 – April 4, 2024

  • Fix deprecated notice on substr/strpos with null value in parser.
  • Compatible with WordPress 6.5.

Version 1.4.1 – March 1, 2024

  • Additional documentation.
  • Improved isolation of headers and short description.
  • Support readme.md (standard markdown) files.
    • Expects WordPress layout (h2 title, headers, Short Description, h3 sections).
  • Non-standard ‘banner’ content between === title === and headers.
  • Updated most regular expressions.

Version 1.4.0 – February 9, 2024

  • Added github profile support along with optional profile formats for contributors.
  • Trim tags when tagifying from header.
  • Added new action, ‘eacReadme_load_parser’, to allow 3rd-party apps to use the parser class.
    • do_action('eacReadme_load_parser'); // loads \eacParseReadme static class
  • Added context to file access for github authentication & WP headers.
  • Changed WordPress svn uri (https://ps.w.org/)

Version 1.3.0 – January 31, 2024

  • Added ‘ttl’ option to shortcode to set cache time-to-live (min 1 minute).
  • Added WP SVN support:
    • [eacReadme wpsvn=’/slugname/trunk/readme.txt’]document[/eacReadme]
  • Added GitHub support:
    • [eacReadme github=’/owner/repository/main/readme.txt’]document[/eacReadme]
    • [eacReadme github=’…’,token=’…’]

Version 1.2.6 – January 24, 2024

  • Fixed “preg_match(): Passing null” notice.

Version 1.2.5 – December 8, 2023

  • Fixed caching (yet again) by adding current file name to cache key.
    • subsequent segments could load the wrong cache key when no file given.

Version 1.2.4 – December 4, 2023

  • Added button to flush group cache when using drop-in object cache.
  • Added use of ‘EAC_README_CACHE_LIFETIME’ constant to set cache life-time (default = 1 day).
    • In wp-config.php: define('EAC_README_CACHE_LIFETIME',3600);
  • md5() cache key name.

Version 1.2.3 – August 30, 2023

  • Improved caching.

Version 1.2.2 – June 6, 2023

  • Removed unnecessary plugin_update_notice trait.
  • Cosmetic changes to option & help titles.

Version 1.2.1 – April 22, 2023

  • Correctly load inline style using wp_add_inline_style()
  • Tested with WordPress 6.2 and {eac}Doojigger 2.2.

Version 1.2.0 – November 16, 2022

  • Updated to / Requires {eac}Doojigger 2.0.
  • Uses ‘options_settings_page’ action to register options.
  • Added contextual help using ‘options_settings_help’ action.
  • Renamed extension file(s) and vendor directory.
  • Changed tab name in registerExtension (must be -re-enabled in admin).
  • Moved plugin_action_links hook to eacDoojigger_load_extensions filter.
  • Added use of WP_Object_Cache.
  • Fixed problem with admin page reload when changing style.

Version 1.1.1 – September 25, 2022

  • Fixed potential PHP notice on load (plugin_action_links_).
  • Added upgrade notice trait for plugins page.
  • Added tagify option: getTags(true) when processing tags to convert to array [slug=>tag]

Version 1.1.0 – September 7, 2022

  • Added ability to get the full file contents as a code block (Code File).
  • Renamed include file eacParseReadme.php to class.readme_parser.php.

Version 1.0.7 – August 28, 2022

  • Updated to / Requires {eac}Doojigger 1.2
  • Added ‘Settings’, ‘Docs’ and ‘Support’ links on plugins page.
  • Fixed admin display error (section not found).

Version 1.0.6 – July 12, 2022

  • Get contributor profile when getting all headers.
  • Move short description before headers in getDocument().

Version 1.0.5 – June 22, 2022

  • Added “{plugin}_eacReadme” filter.
  • Added title attribute to nav links.

Version 1.0.4 – June 9, 2022

  • Updated for {eac}Doojigger 1.1.0

Version 1.0.3 – May 12, 2022

  • Added transient caching of contributor profiles.

Version 1.0.2 – May 10, 2022

  • Added section name translation.

Version 1.0.1 – April 28, 2022

  • Minor changes / enhancements.

Version 1.0.0 – February 26, 2022

  • Initial release.