Override WooCommerce Templates with Code

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how we can override WooCommerce templates with code. We can use the code inside functions.php of an active theme or even inside a plugin.

Normally, we override WooCommerce templates inside an active child theme. We create a folder named as “woocommerce” inside an active theme and we can create our templates there.

Sometimes there comes a situation when we gonna need to override WooCommerce templates with code depends on the condition. I mostly override WooCommerce templates with code if there is no child theme installed. In this scenario, I create custom plugin and override WooCommerce templates there.

To override WooCommerce templates with code, you can use the below code:

function shyk_locate_template( $template, $template_name, $template_path ){

$basename = basename( $template );

if( $basename == 'cart-item-data.php' ) {

$template = trailingslashit( plugin_dir_path( FILE ) ) . 'templates/cart-item-data.php';


if( $basename == 'cart.php' ) {

$template = trailingslashit( plugin_dir_path( FILE ) ) . 'templates/cart.php';


return $template;


add_filter( 'woocommerce_locate_template', 'shyk_locate_template', 10, 3 );

Ok what we are doing in the above code is we are checking basename of template, for example, if basename is cart-item-data.php, then override the template with the one present in our plugin or you can use any other location if you added code in functions.php. You can also use any other custom condition alongside basename.

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