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Rewrite API/add rewrite rule



add_rewrite_rule() allows you to specify additional rewrite rules for WordPress. It is most commonly used in conjunction with add_rewrite_tag() (which allows WordPress to recognize custom post/get variables).


add_rewrite_rule($rule, $rewrite, $position);


(string) A regular expression to match against a requested URL. This can optionally use one or more capture groups.
(string) The URL you would like to actually fetch (when the $rule is matched). You can use the $matches[] array to insert capture group matches here.
(string) This can either be 'top' or 'bottom'. 'top' will take precedence over WordPress's existing rules, where 'bottom' will check all other rules match first.


Let's assume you are creating a "Nutrition" page for showing nutritional information. This page uses a custom template and takes two variables, food and variety. Instead of passing ugly querystring variables to the page, you can set up a rewrite rule to create some custom pretty URLs. See below...


This example would match a requested URL like this: example.com/nutrition/milkshakes/strawberry/ ...and interpret it to actually mean... example.com/index.php?page_id=12&food=milkshake&variety=strawberry

NOTE: When using $matches[] to retrieve the values of a matched URL, capture group data starts at 1, not 0.

IMPORTANT: By default, WordPress will not recognize custom querystring variables used for rewrites. You must register your querystring variables with WordPress. Simply use add_rewrite_tag() to do this, or the above rewrite will not work! More information about capturing querystring variable values after a rewrite can be found here.

Source File

add_rewrite_rule() is located in wp-includes/rewrite.php