Can we get uploaded image path in wordpress by filename? Actually I know the way in PHP that will parse all files in the uploads folder, and matches the each file. But that way will produce high load on server, whenever I will run this script.

Is there any other possible way?


Note: I do not have any posts linked with it. I just have image file name. By that only I need to find the full image uploaded path e.g. http://www.abc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/test.png

  • You want to find a particular image by its path?
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 22, 2013 at 13:25
  • yes exactly. I just have image file name, and I want to find it's exact path ion wordpress uploads.
    – Thompson
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:24
  • See my answer below.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:33
  • how were these images uploaded?
    – Milo
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:43
  • via custom code, I just add images to server via wordpress function media_sideload_image and using same post ID-1
    – Thompson
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


I am not 100% sure I understand what you want but...

WordPress treats attached media like a custom post type. The file name, minus the extension, is stored as the post_title in the $wpdb->posts table. So, to get the path just search for the file name minus the extension.

$q = new WP_Query(
    'fields' => 'ids',
    'post_type' =>'attachment',
    'post_status' => 'inherit',
    'ignore_sticky_posts' => true,
    'posts_per_page' => 1
$attid = $q->posts[0];

You can use $attid plus get_attached_file or wp_get_attachment_image or other attachment function to the other information you want.

  • sorry dude, that is not my requirement. I only have the image name to find. There is no post ID associated with it.
    – Thompson
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:34
  • If you have uploaded to the media library this is the way to do it, or at least a way. There is a post ID whether you are aware of it or not
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 22, 2013 at 17:40
  • I just add images to server via wordpress function media_sideload_image and using same post ID-1
    – Thompson
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:18
  • Then you may have sidestepped everything that might help you. I'd have to check.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 22, 2013 at 18:52
  • You could use either the post title or the slug, but be aware that the field "post_title" in the database must be referred to as "title" and the slug ("post_name" field) as "name" when you use get_posts, so the code above needs to be corrected !!! Nov 25, 2017 at 11:10

May be this can help you. I am not writing in detail as I am not sure if it was the actual question.

if ( ! function_exists( 'wp_handle_upload' ) ) {
    require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/file.php' );
//selected file to upload
$uploadedfile = $_FILES['attachdoc'];

//wp_handle_upload to upload the file. Check documentation.
$upload_overrides = array( 'test_form' => false );
$movefile = wp_handle_upload( $uploadedfile, $upload_overrides );

if ( $movefile && !isset( $movefile['error'] ) ) {
   //uploaded file url
   $attachments = $movefile['url'];
   //uploaded file path
   $attachments = $movefile['file'];

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