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I created a custom post type:

register_post_type('sample_post_type',array(
    'labels' => array(
        'name' => _x('Sample Posts', 'post type general name'),
        'singular_name' => _x('Sample Post', 'post type singular name')
    ),
    'public' => true,
    'show_in_nav_menus' => false,
    'exclude_from_search' => true
));

How can i disable the single post view for this specific post type? Displaying a simple 404 is fine, or redirecting to the homepage. This is inside a plugin, so i can't create a single-sample_post_type.php file to setup an empty page.

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You can use template_redirect hook to redirect for a custom post type, you can use any other URL you want to in place of home_url() and the error code in other argument.

<?php
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse_128636_redirect_post' );

function wpse_128636_redirect_post() {
  $queried_post_type = get_query_var('post_type');
  if ( is_single() && 'sample_post_type' ==  $queried_post_type ) {
    wp_redirect( home_url(), 301 );
    exit;
  }
}
?>
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A simpler way to do that can be passing the following args when registering the Custom Post Type

register_post_type('sample_post_type',array(
'labels' => array(
    'name' => _x('Sample Posts', 'post type general name'),
    'singular_name' => _x('Sample Post', 'post type singular name')
),
'public' => true,
'exclude_from_search' => true,
'show_in_admin_bar'   => false,
'show_in_nav_menus'   => false,
'publicly_queryable'  => false,
'query_var'           => false
));
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You would actually need publically_querable to be true for Post Type Archives to work. –  Howdy_McGee Nov 12 at 19:42

One. From your functions file.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_cpt_singular_posts' );
    function redirect_cpt_singular_posts() {
      if ( is_singular('your-cpt-slug') ) {
        wp_redirect( home_url(), 302 );
        exit;
      }
    }

Two. From your single.cpt.php file:

<?php wp_redirect( home_url() ); exit; ?>
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