Goal: From my image.php, I am displaying the attachment image and some descriptions. I also want get the post from where it was originally posted. I only need the title and the url so that you can link back from the original post.

Problem: It's not displaying the correct post title and url. Instead, it's displaying the first and last post I posted. When I change the number to "1" instead of "-1", the name just change to either the first post or the last post.

Code: From this post: Find the post an attachment is attached to

    // Get all image attachments
    $all_images = get_posts( array(
    'post_type' => 'attachment',
    'numberposts' => -1,
    ) );
    // Step through all image attachments
    foreach ( $all_images as $image ) {
        // Get the parent post ID
        $parent_id = $image->post_parent;
        // Get the parent post Title
        $parent_title = get_the_title( $parent_id );
        // Get the parent post permalink
        $parent_permalink = get_permalink( $parent_id );

    echo "This image is posted to: <a href='".$parent_permalink ."' >".$parent_title."</a>";

1 Answer 1


All attachments has got a post parent which you can access with $post->post_parent inside the loop or get_queried_object()->post_parent outside the loop on your image.php or similar single post pages. (See my question here and the answer by @gmazzap why you should rather avoid $post outside the loop)

Now that you have the post parent ID, it is easy to rewrite your function: (CAVEAT: Untested)

function get_parent_post_anchor()
     * Make sure we are on an attachment page, else bail and return false
    if ( !is_attachment() )
        return false;

     * Get current attachment object
    $current_attachment = get_queried_object();

     * Get the permalink of the parent
    $permalink = get_permalink( $current_attachment->post_parent );

     * Get the parent title
    $parent_title = get_post( $current_attachment->post_parent )->post_title;

     * Build the link
    $link = '<a href="' . $permalink  . '"  title="' . $parent_title . '">' . $parent_title . '</a>';

    return $link;

You can then use it as follow

echo get_parent_post_anchor();
  • It outputs the name and the url of the attachment image, not the original post so it just reloads when clicking the link. Can't understand why. Any idea? Commented May 19, 2015 at 8:04
  • Please recheck my code, for some strange reason I used parent instead of post_parent. Sorry for stuffing you around Commented May 19, 2015 at 8:44
  • The edited code works like a charm. Thanks Pieter! Commented May 19, 2015 at 9:41
  • My pleasure. Don't know how I got mixed up here, but any way, it happens :-). Enjoy :-) Commented May 19, 2015 at 10:43

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