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Plugin API/Filter Reference/posts where

This filter applies to the posts where clause and allows you to restrict which posts will show up in various areas of the site. Combined with restrict_manage_posts it allows you to only show posts matching specific conditions.

Here is an example to match the restrict_manage_posts example

add_filter( 'posts_where' , 'posts_where' );

function posts_where( $where ) {

	if( is_admin() ) {
		global $wpdb;
		if ( isset( $_GET['author_restrict_posts'] ) && !empty( $_GET['author_restrict_posts'] ) && intval( $_GET['author_restrict_posts'] ) != 0 ) {
			$author = intval( $_GET['author_restrict_posts'] );
			$where .= " AND ID IN (SELECT object_id FROM {$wpdb->term_relationships} WHERE term_taxonomy_id=$author )";
	return $where;

Depending on setup, if we had a custom post type of type 'book' with a taxonomy (category style) of type 'author', this filter would allow us to only show books written by a specific author.


Certain functions which retrieve posts do not run filters, so the posts_where filter functions you attach will not modify the query. To overcome this, set suppress_filters to false in the argument array passed to the function. The following code sample illustrates this.

//some function that modifies the query
function useless_condition ( $where ) { return $where . ' AND 1=1 '; }

//attach your function to the posts_where filter
add_filter( 'posts_where' , 'useless_condition' );

//get posts AND make sure filters are NOT suppressed
$posts = get_posts( array( 'suppress_filters' => FALSE ) );

Functions which suppress filters by default

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