I have a query that looks like:


I'd like it to looks something like:

$args = array(
    'paged' => $paged,
    'posts_per_page' => 9,
    'post_type' => 'attachment'

I am trying to integrate $query_string into the query_posts with $args...can anyone point me in the right direction.


  • Without knowing what that variable contains it's not possible to answer the question. I'd also advise against using query_posts in favour of WP_Query for new queries, and the pre_get_posts filter for replacing/modifying the main query
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 31, 2017 at 13:46
  • $query_string contains the search query. Jul 31, 2017 at 14:08
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    You mean a standard WP search? Be precise in the words you use so we don't misunderstand, if we can see an example that would be great
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 31, 2017 at 15:49
  • Yes, just the standard...I don't have that variable defined...but I am using it on another site - it wasn't defined there either. Basically, all it does (to my understanding) is carry over the search query so you can run a custom query on the search results page. If that can be done using another variable, that's fine too. Jul 31, 2017 at 21:45
  • possibly the closest you can get: developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/query_posts/…, or generally, consider to work with 'pre_get_posts' codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/pre_get_posts
    – Michael
    Aug 1, 2017 at 0:20

1 Answer 1


After some searching I found the parameters I needed: https://gist.github.com/luetkemj/2023628 (on Line 231)

//////Search Parameter
's' => $s,                              //(string) - Passes along the query string variable from a search. For example usage see: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-display-the-number-of-results-in-wordpress-search 
'exact' => true,                        //(bool) - flag to make it only match whole titles/posts - Default value is false. For more information see: https://gist.github.com/2023628#gistcomment-285118
'sentence' => true,                     //(bool) - flag to make it do a phrase search - Default value is false. For more information see: https://gist.github.com/2023628#gistcomment-285118

I added 's' => $s to my $args which passes along the query string, which is what I was looking for :-)

My code now looks like:

$args = array(
    'paged' => $paged,
    'posts_per_page' => 9,
    'post_type' => 'attachment',
    's' => $s

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