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Plugin API/Filter Reference/attachment fields to edit

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The "attachment_fields_to_edit" filter is used to filter the array of attachment fields that are displayed when editing an attachment.


When the 'attachment_fields_to_edit' filter is called, it is passed two arguments. The first argument is an associative array describing the fields to be displayed. The second argument is the $post object describing the attachment being edited. Functions attached to the filter can add or remove fields from the array, then return the modified array.

function filter_function_name( $form_fields, $post ) {
  // ...
add_filter( 'attachment_fields_to_edit', 'filter_function_name', 10, 2 );

Where 'filter_function_name' is the function WordPress should call when the $form_fields array is being retrieved. Note that the filter function must return an array of fields after it is finished processing, or no fields will be displayed when editing an attachment, and other plugins also filtering the $form_fields array may generate errors.

filter_function_name should be unique function name. It cannot match any other function name already declared.


Add a Location Field

The following example adds a "Location" field for all attachments. This example also uses the "edit_attachment" filter to save the submitted value to the attachment's post meta.

function my_add_attachment_location_field( $form_fields, $post ) {
    $field_value = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'location', true );
    $form_fields['location'] = array(
        'value' => $field_value ? $field_value : '',
        'label' => __( 'Location' ),
        'helps' => __( 'Set a location for this attachment' )
    return $form_fields;
add_filter( 'attachment_fields_to_edit', 'my_add_attachment_location_field', 10, 2 );

function my_save_attachment_location( $attachment_id ) {
    if ( isset( $_REQUEST['attachments'][$attachment_id]['location'] ) ) {
        $location = $_REQUEST['attachments'][$attachment_id]['location'];
        update_post_meta( $attachment_id, 'location', $location );
add_action( 'edit_attachment', 'my_save_attachment_location' );


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