So I know that I can call:

$response = wp_remote_get(

To get all the posts from a specific website using the Rest API Endpoint.

I also know that we can pass in the parameters to exclude tags and categories, such as:


Based on this: https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/reference/posts/#list-posts

Is there a way that I can exclude specific post_meta posts from showing in the Rest API?

So let that I want to do: https://www.example.com/wp-json/native/v1/posts?exclude_postmeta_key=global and grab all posts that don't have the global post_meta attached to the post.

Is something like this possible?


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Yes, it's surely possible, but not out-of-the-box.

I.e. There's no such REST query parameter in the WordPress core, but you can add it to your REST API request, e.g. via the URL query string, and then use the rest_<post type>_query hook which "Filters WP_Query arguments when querying posts via the REST API" and "Enables adding extra arguments or setting defaults for a post collection request".

And here's an example for the post post type:

add_filter( 'rest_post_query', 'my_rest_post_query', 10, 2 );
function my_rest_post_query( array $args, WP_REST_Request $request ) {
    if ( $meta_key = $request->get_param( 'exclude_postmeta_key' ) ) {
        $args['meta_key']     = $meta_key;
        $args['meta_compare'] = 'NOT EXISTS';

    return $args;

So with that, example.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts?exclude_postmeta_key=global would now give you the posts that do not have the meta named global.

If you need help with WordPress meta query, see the documentation. ( and/or post another question :) )


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