I would like to add a check on the following piece of code that shows the arrows next/prev only if the next/prev image exists:

<div class="gallery-image"> 
    <p class="attachment">  
        <img src="<?php echo $att_image[0];?>" 
            width="<?php echo $att_image[1];?>" 
            height="<?php echo $att_image[2];?>"  
            alt="<?php $post->post_excerpt; ?>" />

        <span class="nav arrow previous">
            <?php previous_image_link(false); ?>

        <span class="nav arrow next">
            <?php next_image_link(false); ?>

This is an example of last image of a gallery so the next arrow shouldn't appears.

If you have any suggestions, please show me the right way to implement this behaviour :)

Thanks in advance,


1 Answer 1


The previous_image_link() only prints something if the there is a previous image. Similarly for next_image_link().

The problem is that you're styling the containing span element - which always exists. Instead you should style the a tag inside the span (which only appears when there is a next/previous image).

Alternatively, digging into the source, both previous_image_link and next_image_link call adjacent_image_link (see source). As noted above this prints the link only if the next/previous image exists. You can create your own function which, instead of printing the link - just returns true/false. However, it would still preferable to use the solution outlined above.

 * Similar to adjacent_image_link().
 * Returns true/false if the adjacent image exists.
 * @param $prev (bool) true - look for previous image, false -look for next.
function wpse57904_has_adjacent_image_link($prev = true) {
    global $post;
    $post = get_post($post);
    $attachments = array_values(get_children( array('post_parent' => $post->post_parent, 'post_status' => 'inherit', 'post_type' => 'attachment', 'post_mime_type' => 'image', 'order' => 'ASC', 'orderby' => 'menu_order ID') ));

    foreach ( $attachments as $k => $attachment )
        if ( $attachment->ID == $post->ID )

    $k = $prev ? $k - 1 : $k + 1;

    return isset($attachments[$k]);

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