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Been all over looking for the best way to do this.

I want to get the ID of the latest post of a certain post_type.

How can I do this in the cheapest way possible (by cheapest I mean using the least queries, and no loops or post rewinding)?

Surely there is a quick method?

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$latest_cpt = get_posts("post_type=yourcpt&numberposts=1");
echo $latest_cpt[0]->ID

The only cheaper way than above, I can think of, would be to write your own SQL query to just return the one post and only the column ID.

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Yes, that's it! I've been skirting around it. Thanks @brady – Niels Sep 7 '11 at 7:35
get_posts("post_type=yourcpt&numberposts=1&fields=ids") to only return the post id, nothing else, a little bit faster this way:) – passatgt Jun 12 '15 at 9:30

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