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Basically how would I create a form to search only within a custom post type?

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just add

<input type="hidden" name="post_type" value="post type name" />

to your search form and obviously replace post type name with your custom post type name.

and to make sure that only your custom post type return as results add:

function mySearchFilter_0987($query) {
    $post_type = $_GET['post_type'];
    if (!$post_type) {
        $post_type = 'any';
    if ($query->is_search) {
        $query->set('post_type', $post_type);
    return $query;


Hope this helps

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not working, nothing displayed – Jeff Feb 23 '11 at 17:47
make sure you have the post_type correctly spelled. I was having the same issue only to remember there was no "s" at the end of my post_type. I also got nothing found when I used the function provided above. Just the <input> revision works fine. – chris_s Aug 2 '11 at 16:40

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