When a file with the .xml extension has been uploaded on my blog (via the Add Media uploader) I would like to automatically replace some attributes.

For example, if I upload a file with this content:

<content creator="foo"></content>

I would like that Wordpress modifies it automatically in:

<content creator="bar"></content>

What hook should I use and how?


You can do this using the wp_handle_upload hook:


Create a function and add it to this hook so it runs last, it will be passed an array. The array contains the location of the newly uploaded file:

function wpse_66775_handle_upload($args){
    $filename = $args['file'];
    $type = $args['type'];
    // test if it's an XML file and do some work on it
    if(the file is an xml file){
    return $args;

function super_magic_xml_file_modifier($filename){
    // General PHP/XML stuff that doesn't belong on WPSE

Modifying the XML file etc, is another task that is not within the scope of this site.

  • A little note that may be useful to those who read this post in the future: the wpse_66775_handle_uploadfunction must return $args. – User Oct 1 '12 at 13:43

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