I know it should work fine, don't know if this is a recent bug or something. So, to confirm it, I installed a fresh wordpress using default theme. I made a small plugin like bellow:

Plugin Name: Test
Plugin URI: http://www.something.com
Description: To test
Version: 1.0
Author: Yet another dev
Author URI: http://me.com

add_filter('post_type_link', 'wpse33551_post_type_link', 1, 2);

function wpse33551_post_type_link( $link, $post = 0 ){
    return home_url( 'temp-tests/' . $post->ID );

add_action('init', 'sfsafsdsf_test');

function sfsafsdsf_test(){

But for some reason it's still showing:


Let me know if I'm wrong at something.


My concern is that above code should output this (or let me know if I'm wrong at something):


When I said "output", I mean the permalink for postID #1 should be like that.

Edit 2

No, this isn't a custom post type. I'm using default "post" for this.

  • What are you looking to accomplish, what is your issue Jun 23, 2016 at 17:20
  • @PieterGoosen To put simple, I need to change permalink structure for specific post types
    – Rizwan
    Jun 23, 2016 at 17:21
  • Please file an edit and add all relevant info in your question. Important info in comments is useless as many do not read comments Jun 23, 2016 at 17:27
  • @PieterGoosen sorry about that. But I just need to know why 'post_type_link' isn't working even on a fresh installation. The posted code isn't my relevant code, I just came up with this to test it.
    – Rizwan
    Jun 23, 2016 at 17:33
  • 1
    @Rizwan, get_permalink is not calling get_post_permalink for built-in post types. Therefore the filtering never takes place the way you've set it up. Try using get_post_permalink instead, which is the function that post_type_link filters as stated in the codex.
    – Luis Sanz
    Jun 23, 2016 at 21:33

1 Answer 1


It is not a bug. As @LuisSanz pointed out, post_type_link isn't used for the built-in post post type. It is used for custom post types only.

Skim through get_permalink() function, you will find out that WordPress doesn't use post_type_link filter but uses post_link filter. It means that you're using wrong filter.

Then, change post_type_link to post_link should fix the problem:

add_filter('post_link', 'wpse230567_filter_post_link', 1, 2);

function wpse230567_filter_post_link($link, $post = 0)
    return home_url('temp-tests/' . $post->ID);
  • get_permalink does invoke the post_type_link filter, just not directly (and not for post post types). It returns get_post_permalink for anything that isn't a post, page or attachment, and that return is filtered through post_type_link. So you can totally use post_type_link for custom post types and post_type_link should behave exactly as expected.
    – indextwo
    Mar 12, 2018 at 18:39
  • Also for the pages, the filter is page_link. Thank you for the pointer @janevu. Jan 8, 2022 at 11:15

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