I'm exporting my WordPress posts data to an external tool* and I wanted to write a query that will get me the current published posts from the wp_posts table but as the latest revision (i.e. latest title, content, etc. but with the original post's ID).

select * from wp_posts where post_parent = 0;

This gets me all the original posts, but only in the state when they were first created, without taking the revisions into account. Then I tried something like this.

select * from wp_posts where post_parent != 0 group by post_parent;

But this only gives me the first revision and not the latest. I guess it would also exclude posts that were never revised, which doesn't work for me either.

I was thinking of joining the table on itself next, and seeing if I can filter it down to the max ID for a given post_parent, but wanted to know if anyone already had a solution before I try that.

How can I get all the posts, but with all their latest revisions applied? It must be possible since the site does when displaying posts.

*The tool in question is Solr, so I am looking to write a query to get all the fields I want to index, if you are curious.

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    You could just order the posts by their modified date? SQL column post_modified desc order Sep 26, 2016 at 21:54
  • @AhmedMahdi Thanks, but wouldn't that give me all the revisions still? I'm trying to get just a single record per visible post on my site. Sep 26, 2016 at 23:20
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    For example: select * from wp_posts where 1=1 order by post_modified desc this will order your posts by most recent revised post first. last updated show up first. Sep 27, 2016 at 7:20

1 Answer 1


Thanks to @AhmedMahdi's comment I figured out the following works for my situation:

select * from wp_posts
where post_status = 'publish'
order by post_modified desc;

The where condition is necessary to remove all the draft or private posts that I am not concerned with.

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