I'm using the following code to display the WP Editor on the front end page:

$content = '';
$editor_id = 'mycustomeditor';
wp_editor( $content, $editor_id );

When a user clicks on an image in the Media Library I would like to take away the ability to Permanently delete the image.

I unset some options for the Media Uploader already with the following code:

function member_media_view_strings( $strings ) {
    unset( $string['uploadImagesTitle'] );
    unset( $strings['createGalleryTitle'] );

    return $strings;
add_filter( 'media_view_strings', 'member_media_view_strings', 99 );

I know there is a warnDelete string but nothing that actually removes that link. Is there a simple way to do this?

  • Are your users anonymous or registered in your WP install? – Rarst Jan 13 '15 at 21:49
  • @Rarst to upload photos they would need to be a registered user and would have a username in the DB – user1048676 Jan 13 '15 at 22:00

That link is hard-coded in /wp-includes/media-template.php ~ln 526. Since it can't be removed via apply_filters, you could probably use a small js script like $('a.delete-attachment').remove(); to remove the link.

  • This doesn't work because the element isn't added to the DOM yet when the code runs for the remove so it doesn't remove it. I tried to do the following: $('a.delete-attachment').click(function (e){ alert('it is clicked'); e.preventDefault(); }); which doesn't work either. This is because my JS file isn't loaded from the admin section and is only enqueued from my functions.php file. How can I have this loaded even in the admin section? – user1048676 Jan 14 '15 at 0:55
  • For some reason on the front end the editor was being weird and wouldn't let me click on the image. I was testing with the admin panel but that wasn't obviously my question – user1048676 Jan 14 '15 at 4:08
  • I was finally able to test this and the small script isn't working. I can still click on the link and it tries to delete the image. Since it looks like the media-template.php file adds this after the dom is loaded I tried to change my code to use on with jquery but the link is still clickable and tries to delete the image: $( 'a.delete-attachment' ).on( 'click', function(e) { e.preventDefault(); alert( 'it is in here' ); }); – user1048676 Jan 14 '15 at 17:04

I actually found this:

I actually just added the following in my CSS file to basically remove the links at all times:

.media-sidebar .details .edit-attachment {
    display: none;
.media-sidebar .details .delete-attachment {
    display: none;

To actually show this within the admin section I actually show it by using the following code:

foreach( array( 'post.php', 'post-new.php' ) as $hook )
    add_action( "admin_print_styles-$hook", 'admin_styles_so_25894288');

function admin_styles_so_25894288() {
    global $typenow;
    if( 'post' !== $typenow )
        .media-sidebar .details .delete-attachment
            display: block; 
        .media-sidebar .details .edit-attachment
            display: block; 


This is tested in Wordpress 4.0.

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