I want to be able to get post_content with line breaks. What is the best way to do it?

I previously use the_content() which was working fine until I needed to install a plugin that adds share buttons on each post.

Since then the output of my the_content includes texts from the share buttons.

I tried to use post_contents which contains the correct content I need to output on my template file but the problem is the line breaks were stripped off.

Is it possible to get post_content with line breaks preserved?


  • This is the wrong approach. If there's something wrong with a plugin, try to fix that, instead of leaving it be and work on some other things. Since the plugin injects content via a filter function, you just need to remove that function. – tfrommen Mar 10 '14 at 18:57
  • @tf Thanks for your comment. Is it possible to remove the function just to get the correct the_content but keep it working? The thing is, I have a single post page that is OK to have the plugin's like buttons. What I'd like to do is to offer a full screen view of the same post. This is where I do not need the share buttons. Other than the full screen view, I need the plugin to show the buttons. Thanks – Charles Wayne Mar 10 '14 at 19:08

I believe this should work:

$getPost = get_the_content();
$postwithbreaks = wpautop( $getPost, true/false );
echo $postwithbreaks;

The second argument in wpautop can be up to you whether it's true of false, see the link below. It is described as follows:

(boolean or integer) (optional) Preserve line breaks. When set to true, any line breaks remaining after paragraph conversion are converted to HTML <br />. Line breaks within script and style sections are not affected.

Source: https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wpautop

  • thanks! It works. Sorry I cant vote up yet. Need more reputations – Charles Wayne Mar 10 '14 at 19:16

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