I'm using a function to filter the_title, adding a string onto the end, but would also like to return the original title, unfiltered on the same page. Is there a way to get the title without it being filtered?

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    Did you try remove_filter() ?
    – birgire
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 13:27

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There's a few ways to do this, but I would argue that the preferred way is, in general, fetching the post_title attribute from the post object. This does not depend on removing all filters for a certain function and adding them back later — the latter requires you to directly access the global $wp_filter.

get_post retrieves the post object for a post ID, and the post object, on construction, populates all post fields with the fields from the database, without applying any filtering.

Thus, your code would simply be

$title = get_post( $post_id )->post_title;

If the post with ID $post_id is not guaranteed to exist, be sure to check whether the returned value from get_post is a post object.

NB another approach is to use get_post_field( 'post_title', $post_id ), which by default only has the filter 'post_title' applied to it (and not the the_title filter). However, as @PatJ kindly pointed out, using the optional $context parameter, you can get the raw value using the context "raw":

get_post_field( 'post_title', $post_id, 'raw' );
  • It would be better to use get_post_field( 'post_title' ); for that, because it includes checks. PS Just noticed you updated ;-)
    – birgire
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 13:42
  • Hehe, updated my answer at exactly the same time. get_post_field applies the post_title filter, so you're not getting the raw data. get_post doesn't really run the risk of not returning an object with the post title property, but I understand your concern; I'd rather do the isset check myself then.
    – engelen
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 13:44
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    get_post_field() has an optional context parameter, which will accept 'raw' as a context. So to get the unfiltered post_title, you can use get_post_field( 'post_title', $post_id, 'raw' ).
    – Pat J
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 13:47
  • Good point @PatJ, I've updated my answer!
    – engelen
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 19:11

You can create your own function, put this in functions.php:

function get_title_no_filters($post = 0){

    $post = get_post( $post );

    echo isset( $post->post_title ) ? $post->post_title : '';

use it like this, just like the get_the_title WordPress offers:

get_title_no_filters();//inside a loop no need to send ID or post object

if you are not using it in a loop you can send an ID or a Post Object. This is the raw title no filters.


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