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I am writing a plugin for Wordpress and am wondering how to add an extra button to the media uploader that says something like "add to album". I can't seem to find info on how other developers have managed to get this done. Thanks :)

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When i needed to do something similar i used the admin_print_scripts-media-upload-popup hook to add my own js/Jquery code to insert a button and handled it's click event with ajax.

something like this:

function add_my_media_button(){
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
    //loop over all attachments
        if (jQuery(this).next().attr('id') != ""){
            //get attachment id
            var att_id = jQuery(this).next().attr('id');
            att_id = att_id.replace("send[", "");
            att_id = att_id.replace("]", "");
            //insert button
            jQuery(this).append('<a href="#" class="button add_to_album" rel="'+ att_id +'" id="add_to_album['+att_id+']" name="add_to_album['+att_id+']">add to album</a>');

    //add handler for click
    jQuery(".add_to_album").live("click", function(){
        //do  your thing here
        alert("add to album click");
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Thanks, that works like a charm. Do you know any way to use this button to close the thickbox? tb_remove doesn't work (i guess it's not loaded in the iframe). The rest of the data is already saved by then (i'm using the uploader just to upload attachments). – Gerben Van Dijk Dec 15 '11 at 12:16
I added the ajax functionality(the button click) handler from admin_footer at the page that calls the media uploader. – Bainternet Dec 15 '11 at 12:20
You're talking about this code right? //add handler for click jQuery(".add_to_album").live("click", function(){ //do your thing here alert("add to album click"); )}; I can get this to work just fine, but I want to close the thickbox in this handler and can't get it to work. – Gerben Van Dijk Dec 15 '11 at 12:30
yes that is what I'm talking about, this function i add using admin_footer hook on the page itself , before i even call the media uploader and if you use it there you will be able to use tb_remove(); – Bainternet Dec 15 '11 at 12:35
Ah, thanks that makes sense. Works :) – Gerben Van Dijk Dec 15 '11 at 12:37
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I managed to get it done this way:

Adding JS to the media uploader:

function mediabutton(){

    wp_register_script( 'mediabutton', ''.WP_PLUGIN_URL.'/magic-gallery/js/mediabutton.js', null, null);
    wp_enqueue_script( 'mediabutton');


add_action('admin_print_scripts-media-upload-popup','mediabutton'); // Adding insert button

And then using this JS:

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

    jQuery('<a href="#" id="insert_gallery" class="button">Return to gallery</a>').insertAfter('.ml-submit');   

    jQuery('#insert_gallery').live('click',function() {

        self.parent.tb_remove(); // This closes the thickbox



Then I hooked into tb_close like this:

tb_remove = function () { 

    // Your code here
    alert('closing thickbox');

    // Original tb_remove code

    if (typeof document.body.style.maxHeight == "undefined") {//if IE 6

        jQuery("body","html").css({height: "auto", width: "auto"});



    return false;
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Or you can add a new tab, containing whatever you want .

function my_media_menu($tabs) {
$newtab = array('tabname' =&gt; __('TextInMenu', 'yourname'));
return array_merge($tabs, $newtab);
add_filter('media_upload_tabs', 'my_media_menu');
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