So WordPress offers the default Rest API endpoint, which is: https://example.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts which pulls in all the posts.

Is there a way to configure and modify the existing /wp/v2/posts endpoint to exclude posts that have a post_meta of global_post?

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From the REST API docs:

Changing or removing data from core REST API endpoint responses can break plugins or WordPress core behavior, and should be avoided wherever possible.

That said, there's a rest_post_query filter (well, rest_{$this->post_type}_query) that will let you modify the WP_Query that's grabbing your posts, so you should be able to add a meta_query to the query.


add_filter( 'rest_post_query', 'wpse405394_remove_global_posts', 10, 2 );
 * Removes the "global_post" posts from the REST API.
 * @param  array           $args    The WP_Query arguments.
 * @param  WP_REST_Request $request The REST request.
 * @return array                    The filtered $args.
function wpse405394_remove_global_posts( $args, $request ) {
    if ( empty( $args['meta_query'] ) ) {
        $args['meta_query'] = array();
    $args['meta_query'][] = array(
        'key'     => 'global_post',
        'value'   => true,
        'compare' => '!=', 
    return $args;

This code is not tested, and may break things in your site. A lot of things use the REST API under the hood (eg: the block editor). Test thoroughly.


  • Thanks @Pat, I did not know it can be that impactful, would it be better to create a custom endpoint and then do the same that wp/v2/posts is doing, excluding the post_meta posts?
    – Sema
    May 3, 2022 at 16:36
  • How would this be possible to be built? Pull in all posts excluding post_meta 'global_post' posts, on the custom endpoint.
    – Sema
    May 3, 2022 at 16:36
  • I have this other question posted if you can take a peak at it: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/405385/…
    – Sema
    May 3, 2022 at 16:38

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