Is there a way to replace the WP_List_Table object of a post type to display said post type differently on the Admin edit.php page?

  • Are you looking to add in extra columns, remove columns, what specifically is it you want to change about the WP_List_Table?
    – user10106
    Jan 16, 2014 at 6:11
  • Not add columns but completely replace it with a custom UI Jan 16, 2014 at 6:12
  • Well there are hooks available that allow you to put content above and below, edit things per row and/or column alongside the fact you can override with custom CSS & JS. Would that be the direction you want to go?
    – user10106
    Jan 16, 2014 at 6:14

2 Answers 2


No, you cannot replace the list table. There is no filter, everything is hard-coded.

But you can change the post type registration, set show_ui to FALSE to prevent the built-in page, and add a custom page for the post type listing to show the editable items.

add_action( 'wp_loaded', function(){
            'labels' => array(
                'name' => 'TEST'
            'public' => TRUE,
            'show_ui' => FALSE

add_action( 'admin_menu', function(){
            echo 'test'; // list post type items here


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This example is applied to post post type. This is leveraging the WP_Posts_List_Table class and views-edit-{$post_type} filter. This seem isn't the best way, but it works:

Make sure the class is loaded on your page:

    require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php' );
    require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php' );

Extend the WP_Posts_List_Table class to remove list table and define the custom content:

class wpse_CustomTable extends WP_Posts_List_Table
    // remove search box
    public function search_box( $text, $input_id ){ }

    // Your custom list table is here
    public function display() {
        echo "Test";

Use it inside a filter hook:

// hook into `views-edit`
add_filter( 'views_edit-post',  "sstssfb_custom_list_table");    
// Override the post table object
function sstssfb_custom_list_table() {
    global $wp_list_table;
    $mylisttable = new wpse_CustomTable();
    $wp_list_table = $mylisttable ;    


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  • 1
    Note that I adjusted my table class extension example here, by calling the prepare_items() method . This would be needed for the pagination to work as expected. I also modified it with object cloning.
    – birgire
    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:45
  • Thanks man appreciate your answer also works for me.
    – Arman H
    Apr 27, 2022 at 5:24

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