I've been struggling with a quite specific point. I registered some custom post types and specified the rewrite slug for each one of them.

'rewrite'           => array( 'slug' => 'my-slug' ),

But later when i'm trying to use the "rewrite slug" and to find which post_type is requested I cannot use the get_post_type() function : the post_type isn't recognized from the rewrite slug.

get_post_type( 'my-slug' )



Does anyone have an elegant solution to find a post_type from its rewrite slug ?

  • 2
    The slug is the key you registered the post type under (the first argument of register_post_type), not the rewrite slug. – Milo Jan 10 '18 at 23:30
  • Can you be a bit more precise? Do you want to check the rewrite slug of the current page you're at to find out which post type it might belong to? – swissspidy Jan 17 '18 at 13:28
  • Yes : my question is definitely to find out which post_type a given rewrite slug belongs to ! (in a context where the targeted post_type is not available using the get_queried_object function). – MrUzu Jan 19 '18 at 12:08

There are two ways I've used for doing this...each with issues:

This one this only works if you've set the rewrite slug for your CPT. if you don't set one it could lead to an error:

$post_type = get_queried_object();
echo $post_type->rewrite['slug'];

This one will not work on archive pages, because the page type will be "page":

$post_type = get_post_type();
if ( $post_type )
    $post_type_data = get_post_type_object( $post_type );
    $post_type_slug = $post_type_data->rewrite['slug'];
    echo $post_type_slug;
  • Thanks for that answer, but has you noticed you sometimes find yourself in a context where the queried object is not what your working on. For instance i'm working on a standard page that displays other post types : www.mydomain.com/my-page/my-custom-post-type-posts – MrUzu Jan 11 '18 at 9:21
  • So use option 1 – rudtek Jan 11 '18 at 16:51
  • Option 1 does not answer my problem,which is to find a post_type from its "rewrite slug". In option 1 you get the from get_queried_object which is not relevant in my case – MrUzu Aug 29 '18 at 12:14

I've finally had time to investigate and found a solution (this post helped me : Get list of all registered post types slugs).

From what I know the only to get a Post Type using its rewrite slug is to loop over the registerd post types and compare the rewrite slug with the one requested.

$types = get_post_types( ['public'   => true,'_builtin' => false], 'objects' );
foreach ( $types as $type ) {
    if ( isset( $type->rewrite['slug'] ) && 'my-rewrite-slug' == $type->rewrite['slug'] ) {
        $post_type_obj = $type;

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