I'm looking for a way to remove the title attribute from images, preferably through using a hook or a filter.

Most clients don't bother giving images a proper title, thus eliminating the purpose of this attribute. I prefer no tooltips to random, non-descriptive ones.

  • Yeah I get asked this a lot, even though its not best practice, some clients don't care. I use the JavaScript method below, incase they change their minds later. (+1 for it being a valid question, even if its not the best idea...) Jun 17, 2011 at 9:46

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I would strongly discourage this. A better, more sustainable practice would be to educate your clients on the value of the title attribute and teach them how to use it properly.

Simply removing it is putting a bandage on the symptom, not combating the disease.

However, if you do want to remove the attribute anyway, there are a couple of ways to do it:

Use a Content Filter

Post content runs through a filter before being displayed on the screen. This filter will do several things: transform quote marks into curly quotes, capitalize the P in WordPress, etc. It also handles shortcodes that are present in the content.

You can pass your content through a filter that uses regular expressions to find <img /> tags and remove the title attribute.

Use a Plug-in

A quick search of the plug-in repository returned Img Title Removal, a plug-in that claims to do exactly what you want. A quick look at the code shows it does option 1 exactly:

Plugin Name: Img Title Removal
Plugin URI: http://www.glauserconsulting.com/2008/11/nu-agency/
Description: Filter plugin that removes all title tags from images in posts.
Author: Ivan Glauser
Version: 0.2.1
Author URI: http://www.glauserconsulting.com

add_filter('the_content', 'remove_img_titles');

function remove_img_titles($text) {

    // Get all title="..." tags from the html.
    $result = array();
    preg_match_all('|title="[^"]*"|U', $text, $result);

    // Replace all occurances with an empty string.
    foreach($result[0] as $img_tag) {
        $text = str_replace($img_tag, '', $text);

    return $text;

Use JavaScript

A third option would be to dynamically remove the title attributes after they've been rendered on the page. If you absolutely must remove them, this is the system I'd recommend because the title will still be in the HTML code (for screen readers) but will be removed when the document loads so you avoid the "random, non-descriptive" tooltips.

Using jQuery, you can select all <img /> elements on the page that have a title attribute and remove it. Example:

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    $('img[title]').each(function() { $(this).removeAttr('title'); });

Here's a non-js solution without hacking the core, try this in your themes function.php file.

add_filter( 'wp_get_attachment_image_attributes', 'remove_image_text' );
function remove_image_text( $attr ) {
    unset( $attr['alt'] );
    unset( $attr['title']) ;
    return $attr;

If you're looking for a way to let the title <input> field empty and not automatically loaded with the file's name on a picture upload, here's a way:

Goto wp-admin/includes/media.php

Line 911 <input type='text' class='text urlfield' name='attachments[$post->ID][url]' value='" . esc_attr($url) . "' /><br />

Change it to: <input type='text' class='text urlfield' name='attachments[$post->ID][url]' value='' /><br />

I also have lots of clients that dont care about this.

  • 5
    I would not change a core file, since this will lead to problems when you upgrade WordPress. If possible, it's better to use a hook.
    – Jan Fabry
    Dec 30, 2010 at 16:43
  • Yeah not the best ever, how could we do that in a hook?
    – kevin
    Dec 30, 2010 at 17:03
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    I can't say this strongly enough: don't hack core!!! ... wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1639/…
    – EAMann
    Dec 30, 2010 at 18:04
  • 2
    Agreed NEVER HACK THE CORE that is why they allow filters. If the you can not add a filter or action then so be it find a new route. BUT NEVER HACK THE CORE!!!! Jun 16, 2011 at 18:08
  • Funny how emotional the thread gets. As they said in ancient roman times: "All routes lead towards rom" :)
    – kaiser
    Jun 17, 2011 at 3:15

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