Is there a way I can set a custom upload folder for each media type? for example: .PNGs should be saved in uploads/png, .GIFs in upload/gifs


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[More info added]. See below the code.

//~ change upload dir
add_filter('upload_dir', 'choose_upload_dir');

//~ upload image
$upload = wp_handle_upload( $_FILES['your_form_input_name'], array('test_form' => false) );

//~ change upload dir back
remove_filter('upload_dir', 'choose_upload_dir');

function choose_upload_dir($upload) {
    //~ your file to upload
    $file_type = $_FILES['your_form_input_name']['type'];

    //~ switch between file types
    switch($file_type) {
        //~ if type is 'png' then upload subdir is '/png' and so on
        case 'image/png':
            $type_dir = '/png';

        case 'image/jpeg':
            $type_dir = '/jpg';

            $type_dir = '/others';

    $upload['subdir'] = $upload['subdir'].$type_dir;
    $upload['path'] = $upload['basedir'].$upload['subdir'];
    $upload['url'] = $upload['baseurl'].$upload['subdir'];

    return $upload;

More info: Casually I've stumbled upon useful plugin which allows you to setup different directories for your uploads: Relocate Upload

  • Any chance you're still out there listening to these comments, Max Yudin? I would love to get this code to work, but I get an error of "Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_handle_upload()". After a bit of research on the wp_handle_upload function I found some sample code on the codex page and added it to the start of your code: if ( ! function_exists( 'wp_handle_upload' ) ) { require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/file.php' ); }. The error goes away but still no luck w/ uploads being created in their own folder
    – codeview
    May 17, 2015 at 20:29
  • Found an answer in a related question: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/25894/…
    – codeview
    May 17, 2015 at 21:43

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