I'm trying to use the audio shortcode with an audio file with a query string on the end of the URL and it won't work. The reason is I'd like to use expiring signed URLs with Amazon S3.

If I use a URL like


as the src in a call to wp_audio_shortcode() it works just fine. But if I use a URL like


then wp_audio_shortcode() just spits out an HTML link instead of the audio embed and player code. In my tests it appears the shortcode requires a file extension of .mp3 be at the end of the URL. Is there a way to make the short code work with a query string on the URL?

Any other solutions to suggest?

1 Answer 1


The problem:

The problem seems to be that wp_check_filetype() doesn't recognize mp3 files with GET parameters.

Possible workarounds:

You have two options as far as I can see:

1) Override the audio shortcode with the wp_audio_shortcode_override filter.

2) or allow any audio extensions via the wp_audio_extensions filter.

Here's an example how you can implement the latter option:

 * Allow unrecognize audio sources hosted on 'bucketname.s3.amazonaws.com'.
 * @see http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/152352/26350

add_filter( 'wp_audio_shortcode_override',
    function( $html, $atts )
        if( 'bucketname.s3.amazonaws.com' === parse_url( $atts['src'], PHP_URL_HOST ) )
            add_filter( 'wp_audio_extensions', 'wpse_152316_wp_audio_extensions' );
        return $html;
, PHP_INT_MAX, 2 );


function wpse_152316_wp_audio_extensions( $ext )
    remove_filter( current_filter(), __FUNCTION__ );
    $ext[] = '';
    return $ext;

So just to explain what's happening here:

Right before the wp_get_audio_extensions() call, inside the wp_audio_shortcode() function, we "hijack" the wp_audio_shortcode_override hook, to allow the empty audio file extension. The reason for this is that the wp_check_filetype() check returns an empty string for unrecognized file extensions. We then make sure that this modification only applies when the audio source is hosted on bucketname.s3.amazonaws.com.

I hope this helps.

  • 1
    Perfect! Option 2 works a treat. I had found the wp_audio_shortcode_override and suspected I could do something like that but was having trouble getting to your elegant solution. Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 16:12
  • @timeuser, glad to hear it worked for you. Hopefully audio files with GET parameters will be natively supported in the future.
    – birgire
    Commented Jul 1, 2014 at 16:35

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