I know how to add an image and a gallery. I need to have one image from the galley show on the page at random each time the page is loaded.

The page should only show one image at a time.

Is there a plugin or short code to do this? I know how to make gallery's random, but they show all the images.


$args = array( 
                'post_type' => 'attachment',
                'numberposts' => 1,
                'orderby' => 'rand',
                'post_status' => null,
                'post_parent' => get_the_ID(),
                'post_mime_type'  => 'image'
            have_posts(); //must be in the loop
            the_post(); //set the ID

            $images = get_children( $args );            

            if ($images) {
            foreach ( $images as $attachment_id => $attachment ) {
                    echo wp_get_attachment_image( $attachment_id, 'full' );

3 Answers 3


You should use the 'orderby' => 'rand' parameter for the get_children() attachments function.

For instance:

$images = get_children( array(
    'orderby'        => 'rand',       // this is random param
    'post_type'      => 'attachment',
    'post_mime_type' => 'image',
    'post_parent'    => get_the_ID(),
  • this works but adds image from the library and not the gallery. I need it to be from the gallery so each set differs from page to page.
    – Kevin
    Mar 28, 2011 at 0:19
  • 1
    your post and this one fix the issue stackoverflow.com/questions/2640520/…
    – Kevin
    Mar 28, 2011 at 0:46

You can also pull the IDs from ALL galleries on a page using get_post_galleries() and you don't need an extra loop.

// pull all the images from all galleries as unique IDs
$images = array_unique( explode( ",", implode( ",", wp_list_pluck( get_post_galleries( get_the_ID(), false ), 'ids' ) ) ) );

// randomize the order
shuffle( $images );

// pull the first id
list ( $id ) = $images;

// convert to image
echo wp_get_attachment_image( $id, 'full' );



This code answers the question. In a page or post containing a gallery, it will take one random image from the gallery and display only that image. It goes inside the wordpress loop ( code here actually includes the loop ).

<?php //start the loop ?>
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

            <?php // get the post's gallery ?>
            <?php if ( get_post_gallery() ) : $gallery = get_post_gallery( get_the_ID(), false ); ?>

                <?php //get gallery picture ids string seperates the ids and puts them in an array. ?>
                <?php $pic_ids = explode(",", $gallery['ids']);?>

                <?php // set a random int < to the size of the array containing ids.?> 
                <?php $i=rand(0, count($pic_ids)-1);?>

                    <?php //get image corresponding to the random id?>
                    <?php echo wp_get_attachment_image( $pic_ids[$i],'full', false, '' ); ?>
                <?php endif; ?>
        <?php endwhile; else : ?>

            <p><?php _e( 'Sorry, no page found.' ); ?></p>

        <?php endif; ?>
  • Please add an explanation to what your code does, how it works and how it should be used Mar 5, 2016 at 10:55
  • That info should be inside your answer, not a comment. Please file an edit and add the relevant info in your answer Mar 7, 2016 at 12:50
  • There you go. Would you vote up this is actually a valid and useful answer. Mar 7, 2016 at 13:03

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