I have a simple custom query driven by get_posts:

$args = array('post_type' => 'event', 'numberposts' => 6 );
$myposts = get_posts( $args );
foreach( $myposts as $post ) :  setup_postdata($post); 
    echo '<li><a href="' . get_permalink() . '">' . get_the_title() . '</a></li>';

However, there's a need to access this custom loop's query object - the one which is accessible by default if you do custom loops using new WP_Query method. (This is needed to get connected posts of other CPTs, mechanism driven by the excellent Posts2Posts plugin's each_connected.) Is it possible to get to the query object from get_posts? Or the only way to do this is to remake the loop in the new WP_Query style?


You can filter any WP query using pre_get_posts(). The (sometimes) tricky part is that it is run against all queries of WP so you need to pinpoint your query using WP conditionals (is_admin(), is_page(), is_archive(), etc... ).

You'll find a few useful examples on that page, too.

  • Ah, good point, I suppose if one did eg if ( ! $query->is_main_query() && $query->get( 'post_type' ) == 'event' && $query->get( 'numberposts' ) == 6 ) { one would be almost sure to isolate the query. – bonger Jan 25 '15 at 11:31
  • That's it, thanks. We setup pre_get_posts in functions.php and then are able to change the appropriate query parameters such as connected_type and connected_items. Thanks! – certainlyakey Jan 29 '15 at 6:19

Yes, I think the only way is (See Andrei Gheorghiu's answer) If you choose to remake the loop, the slightly tricky bit is to make the $args array the same as get_posts()'s defaults:

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'event', 'posts_per_page' => 6,
    'post_status' => 'publish', // If post_type 'attachment' then 'post_status' => 'inherit'
    'orderby' => 'date', 'order' => 'DESC',
    'suppress_filters' => true,
    'ignore_sticky_posts' => true, 'no_found_rows' => true,
$query = new WP_Query;
$myposts = $query->query( $args );

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