I run a small site based on wp with user generated content. Users often submit youtube links. And then wordpress automatically converts these links to videos which is unwanted in our case. I need to override this automatic behavior so that the submitted youtube links remains in plain text urls ?

I found out that I could remove the oembed provider itself with something like wp_oembed_remove_provider('http://www.youtube.com/oembed') but I am stumped at how do I use this in my case where $content is the string that contains the url as well as the submitted post content ? The codex page doesnot says much about it. Could someone give me an example of how this can be done.

In other words I need the oEmbed to skip any youtube link/s in content. Also please let me know if there is a better/more efficient way of solving this.

2 Answers 2


disable the oembed like below in functions.php :

remove_filter( 'the_content', array( $GLOBALS['wp_embed'], 'autoembed' ), 8 );


  • we need the embed to work for other providers except youtube. How can we do it please ?
    – gurung
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:28
  • Please try using this will disable your youtube one and rest like Twitter will still work.
    – jas
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:42

The accepted answer didn't work in my case. URLs were still being converted to embeds in the post editor.

By looking at the source of wp-includes/class-wp-embed.php where this stuff is handled, I found that there are some other things at play here:

// Hack to get the [embed] shortcode to run before wpautop()
add_filter( 'the_content', array( $this, 'run_shortcode' ), 8 );

// Shortcode placeholder for strip_shortcodes()
add_shortcode( 'embed', '__return_false' );

// Attempts to embed all URLs in a post
add_filter( 'the_content', array( $this, 'autoembed' ), 8 );

// After a post is saved, cache oEmbed items via AJAX
add_action( 'edit_form_advanced', array( $this, 'maybe_run_ajax_cache' ) );

What fixed the issue for me was disabling these in my theme files like so:

remove_shortcode( 'embed' );
remove_filter( 'the_content', [ $GLOBALS['wp_embed'], 'autoembed' ], 8 );
remove_filter( 'the_content', [ $GLOBALS['wp_embed'], 'run_shortcode' ], 8 );
remove_action( 'edit_form_advanced', [ $GLOBALS['wp_embed'], 'maybe_run_ajax_cache' ] );
  • This worked for me. Thanks for providing a full and correct asnwer. Jan 22, 2016 at 15:18
  • After several other solutions I found didn't work for me, this one is what did. Thanks.
    – John Smith
    Sep 28, 2016 at 8:21
  • Yay! After searching for forever, this answer finally worked for me.
    – Pete
    Apr 12, 2017 at 18:27

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