how to disable autocomplete search on wpLink?

autocomplete search

  • Can I ask why you'd want to do this? Commented Oct 23, 2018 at 12:55
  • hi, because i use wp_editor in the front end, i don't want show autocomplete search to register user.
    – kian
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 1:32
  • i have try add this code but it doesn't work for me, my site go blank. uebbi.com/wordpress-disable-autocomplete-on-wplink
    – kian
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 1:44
  • update: problem solved.
    – kian
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 1:29

1 Answer 1


OP linked it in a comment above, but here's the code used.

Note This doesn't actually disable autocomplete, it simply removes all of the results before they're displayed (and I added some CSS to hide the loading icon). They're still fetched by WP, just overridden with an empty array.

add_filter( 'wp_link_query', 'remove_results_from_link_builder_autocomplete', 10, 2 );
function remove_results_from_link_builder_autocomplete( $results, $query ) {
    return array();

You'll also likely want some CSS to hide the autocomplete loading icon:

input[type=text].ui-autocomplete-loading {
    background-image: none;

If you're also removing this functionality in the Link Builder popup editor (after you click the gear icon), here's some additional CSS to hide the whole search section.

#search-panel {
    display: none;
#wp-link-wrap {
     height: 225px;

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