Hovering my mouse over a file name or a thumbnail brings up the Edit option, I want to know is there any hook to disable all edit links in Media library on Multisite enter image description here

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    What is your context for requirement? Should items be absolutely uneditable? Only for specific users or other conditions? – Rarst Jul 25 '13 at 14:14

There're several filters that you can utilize:

Custom column content

If you got a custom column that you added with the ``-filter, then you can use the


filter to alter the content. If you only want to target non-hierarchial post types then there's as well the manage_posts_custom_column and for hierarchical ones, there's manage_pages_custom_column. All three filters have two arguemnts: $column_name, $post->ID.

For the media library there's a special filter: manage_media_custom_column.

Removing actions

IIRC, there's the following filter to add or remove different actions:

apply_filters( 'bulk_actions-' . $this->screen->id, $this->_actions );

You should be able to obtain the screen ID from get_current_screen()->ID.

For the media library it's - again - a special case and you have to use the

apply_filters( 'media_row_actions', $actions, $post, $this->detached );


Make sure that you don't use $this-> inside your callback arguments as you're not in object context.

Removing the image link

So far there's no possibility to completely remove the <a href="" ... tag without a lot of effort. But you can (simply) set the link target to the current page with using the get_edit_post_link-filter.

Just re-target it to sprintf( '#post-%s', $post_id );:

add_filter( 'get_edit_post_link', 'wpse107783_remove_media_icon_link', 20, 2 );
function wpse107783_remove_media_icon_link( $url, $post_id )
    if ( 'upload' !== get_current_screen()->id )
        return $url;

    return sprintf( '#post-%s', $post_id );

Why not CSS or JS?

Still people could remove event listeners or CSS rules via their developer tools, which is something you might not want.


A real lock out can only happen server side based on roles and capabilities.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse107783_redirect_media_edit' );
function wpse107783_redirect_media_edit()
    if (
        ! is_admin()
        OR 'attachment' !== get_current_screen()->id

    exit( wp_redirect( admin_url() ) );

Note: I'm not sure if template_redirect is the right hook here. It might as well be admin_menu or init.


Add some CSS to admin_head to hide the image actions bar, and hide the edit button once clicking into the image:

This should do the trick:

function hide_image_edit_link() {
    echo "<style type=\"text/css\">
            table.media .row-actions {display:none;}
            .wp_attachment_image input[id^=\"imgedit-open-btn\"] {display:none;}
add_action('admin_head', 'hide_image_edit_link');
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    I can still edit files clicking on a file name or a thumbnail – Ghinnersmee Jul 25 '13 at 13:35
  • This wasn't clear from your question. Code updated, to also hide the button when clicking into the image, I presume you don't want to disable this entirely. – Matt.C Jul 25 '13 at 15:29

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