On the default post type, why does the has_archive property equals to FALSE?

$type_obj = get_post_type_object('post');
var_dump($type_obj->has_archive); // FALSE
  • Because it doesn't make sense to have archive for posts. FALSE is set by default to all post types. Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 12:00
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    Posts have archives, they are displayed on the homepage with a fresh install.
    – bpierre
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 12:31
  • has_archive Enables post type archives. Will use $post_type as archive slug by default. Default: false Note: Will generate the proper rewrite rules if rewrite is enabled. Also use rewrite to change the slug used. It means that there should be archive with slug http:://mysite.com/post/ - do you have such archive? Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 12:49
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    Got it, has_archive should have been named has_archive_slug. Thank you.
    – bpierre
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 12:57

1 Answer 1


Late answer.

has_archive applies only for the rewrite arguments.

In Detail

If has_archive is set to true, then the $archive_slug will get set to the rewrite['slug'] argument. If then a rewrite['with_front'] arg is set, then this one will get prepended. The result of this will then get added as rewrite rule:

add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type", 'top' );

If feeds are set to true and has_archive also, then you'll also get rewritten rules for feeds:

add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/feed/$feeds/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&feed=$matches[1]', 'top' );
add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/$feeds/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&feed=$matches[1]', 'top' );

The same principle applies for rewrite['pages']:

add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/{$wp_rewrite->pagination_base}/([0-9]{1,})/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&paged=$matches[1]', 'top' );

Summed up:

If you ain't got has_archive set to true, then any try to add rewrites for feeds, pages or archives will end up with a big ?.

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    With has_archive to false you are able to use a custom page as archive.
    – Tobi G.
    Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 14:53

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