I'm fiddling around with an issue I cannot solve. Inside the loop I would like to find the URL of an inserted media file (pdf, doc etc) and display this as an anchor. Furthermore I would like to display the title of the current post as content of the link. My attempt so far:

<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?> 
     <a href="<?php wp_get_attachment_url(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

displaying the title works totally fine. But the href="" does not show up anything. Thanks

Note: It is a media file simply inserted as post content, not a featured image or something.

  • Is it not working with this solution? wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/163795
    – Robert hue
    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:24
  • @Roberthue it isn't :( and I didnt want to continue asking at all.
    – user49869
    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:26
  • Okay, then I will let someone else help you with this. :)
    – Robert hue
    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:27
  • @Roberthue mate I tried the above code (this post) on a fresh install. And it does not work, but this is exactly what I want.
    – user49869
    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:28
  • No it will not work. First wp_get_attachment_url() need the ID of the attachment to output URL which you are not providing and simply adding $id or $post->id will not work either because that will be post IDs, not the ID of the attachment(s). You will need a way to find all the attachments of a post & their IDs and then use each IDs in wp_get_attachment_url() to get URL.
    – Robert hue
    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:35

1 Answer 1


I took a quick peek at the other question referenced in other comments, and the gist of how you loop through attachments there meshes with what is shown in the wp_get_attachment_image documentation example. In a nutshell, any attachments on a particular post will reference that post by ID.

In particular, it's crucial to understand that attachments are also posts themselves of the post type attachment. Inside your main loop, you'll get your attachments by running a nested query for all attachments whose post parent is equal to the ID of your outer loop's post:

// Our main (outer) query:
while(have_posts()) {

    $nested_query = new WP_Query(array(
        "post_type" => "attachment",
        "post_status" => "inherit",
        "posts_per_page" => -1,
        "post_parent" => get_the_ID()  // attachments belonging to the post we're looking at
    $attachments = $nested_query->get_posts();  // get an array of post objects for each attachment
    foreach($attachments as $att_post) {
        printf("<a href='%s'>%s</a>", wp_get_attachment_url($att_post->ID), get_the_title());

I doubt the above does what you want it to, primarily because I don't think you want to echo an anchor for every single attachment that has the post title for its text. However, for illustrative purposes, this is how you could loop through attachments nested within a post loop.

  • thanks for your answer. So basically what I want to achieve is: All posts that I have on my Wordpress have 1 file inserted, and I simply want to put out each post as an <a> with the title of the post, and an href="" to the media inserted in posts body. Nothing else
    – user49869
    Oct 9, 2014 at 13:32
  • 1
    You could adjust that nested loop to only pull one post per page instead of all. This only works if you ever have one attachment, though (and this includes featured image if you have one), so if you start getting the wrong attachment you'll want to rethink this strategy. Oct 9, 2014 at 16:17

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