How can I remove the width and height attributes from the post_thumbnail when inserting with <?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>?

<img width="800" height="533" src="http://domain.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/image.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" />
  • look for thumbnail.php file, not sure but usually that files contain the hard coding Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 14:54
  • In case you were wondering, I want to be able to modify widths and height with CSS - more specifically set a max-width and let the height set itself rather than default to the hard coded one.
    – Carson
    Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 14:54
  • use firebug to get the exact class or ID, or give me your URL Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 14:56
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    Changing anything in a file outside the theme (for example post-thumbnail-template.php) would be a bad idea as any WordPress update would overwrite it.
    – Carson
    Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 15:10
  • What makes you think you need to remove the attributes to do what you want?
    – t31os
    Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 17:27

4 Answers 4


Related: Filter to remove image dimension attributes?

There's a filter on post_thumbnail_html which receives as its argument the full html element representing the post thumbnail image before it's echoed to the page. You can filter out the dimensions with a bit of regex:

add_filter( 'post_thumbnail_html', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10, 3 );

function remove_thumbnail_dimensions( $html, $post_id, $post_image_id ) {
    $html = preg_replace( '/(width|height)=\"\d*\"\s/', "", $html );
    return $html;
  • It does not work for me. add_filter( 'post_thumbnail_html', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10, 3 ); function remove_thumbnail_dimensions( $html, $post_id, $post_image_id ) { if ( wp_is_mobile() ) { $html = preg_replace( '/(width|height)=\"\d*\"\s/', "", $html ); } return $html; } Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 10:20
  • This will remove width/height from all instances of where the_post_thumbnail() is used. Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 0:03

you could just grab the url of the thumb and put it in an img tag yourself:

$thumbnail = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'your_thumb_handle' );
<img src="<?php echo $thumbnail['0']; ?>" />
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    That's the only solution I've come across too, was just hoping there was a way to do it without a workaround.
    – Carson
    Commented Jul 7, 2011 at 15:09
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    But you also need to query for the alt and title attributes
    – MZAweb
    Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 17:41
add_filter( 'post_thumbnail_html', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10 );
add_filter( 'image_send_to_editor', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10 );
add_filter( 'the_content', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10 );
function remove_thumbnail_dimensions( $html ) {
    $html = preg_replace( '/(width|height)=\"\d*\"\s/', "", $html );
    return $html;

this will do the job, "the_contnet" will remove all post content text image width and height.

  • Please edit your answer, and add an explanation: why could that solve the problem?
    – fuxia
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:53
  • For me, this also strips the containing 'figure' tag, and removes the caption. :/
    – MastaBaba
    Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 11:18

I prefer this solution below as I'm not doing a global replace with a function. This would be incorporated into your theme files.

<?php echo preg_replace( '/(width|height)="\d*"/', '', get_the_post_thumbnail( get_the_ID(), 'large' ) ); ?>

You can replace "large" with "thumbnail", "medium", "full", or your custom image size declared in your theme.

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