I want to add a button to TinyMCE editor, which opens Media Uploader of WordPress. I have used wp_editor(). Here is my code-

$editor = array(
    'textarea_name' => 'message',
    'media_buttons' => false,
    'textarea_rows' => 8,
    'quicktags'     => false,
    'drag_drop_upload' => true,
    'tinymce'       => array(
        'paste_as_text'                 => true,
        'paste_auto_cleanup_on_paste'   => true,
        'paste_remove_spans'            => true,
        'paste_remove_styles'           => true,
        'paste_remove_styles_if_webkit' => true,
        'paste_strip_class_attributes'  => true,
        'toolbar1'                      => 'bold italic | superscript subscript | bullist numlist | forecolor backcolor | link unlink | image media | visualblocks undo redo code',
        'toolbar2'                      => '',
        'toolbar3'                      => '',
        'toolbar4'                      => ''

wp_editor( '', 'message', $editor );

I want an icon to be shown here- enter image description here

How do I do this? Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


I recommend just enabling the built-in media button by setting:

'media_buttons' => true

It will place the button above the toolbar but it's a very simple solution.

  • 1
    It doesn't answer the question but +1 for the practical answer, note that media _buttons is true by default, so he only has to remove it, but he did it in purpose, he wants a button in the tool bar, just like he asked. Oct 21, 2016 at 1:34
  • @NabilKadimi, you are right.
    – mukto90
    Oct 21, 2016 at 16:15

Still not an easy in WordPres. you will have to create an MCE editor plugin that uses the WordPress media uploader.

An easier workaround is to create a very simple MCE editor plugin that added an icon who's only purpose will be to trigger a click on the 'Add Media' button. And that button;remove the media_buttons parameter from your wp_editor() arguments so that the button is shown, but then you hide it with CSS.


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