Is there a way to add support for a custom feature for a custom post type, after it has been created?

I know how to create a custom post type using register_post_type(), and how to use the supports parameter to specify what the CPT should support;

'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt' ,'headway-seo') 

But for the situations when the CPT is being registered by a plugin or theme, is there a way to 'inject' support elements (manipulate the support array) of the CPT after it has been registered, using a WP hook/filter?

  • 2
    Just noticing that the answer is in the Codex page as well: register_post_type...
    – brasofilo
    Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 16:59
  • Just posted an alternative approach which may be useful in some specific cases.
    – Christine Cooper
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 10:33

2 Answers 2


Yes, there's a function called add_post_type_support

Hook into init -- late, after the post types have been created -- and add support.

Adding support for excerpts to pages for instance:

add_action('init', 'wpse70000_add_excerpt', 100);
function wpse70000_add_excerpt()
    add_post_type_support('page', 'excerpt');

An alternative approach is to hook into register_post_type_args and update the supports array.

This is particularly useful if you have third-party plugins that hook into the CPT arguments to display content.

function wpse70000_add_author_metabox_to_cpt_book( $args, $post_type ) {
    if ($post_type != 'POST_TYPE_NAME') // set post type
        return $args;
    $args['supports'] = array( 'author' ); // set the 'supports' array
    return $args;

add_filter( 'register_post_type_args', 'wpse70000_add_author_metabox_to_cpt_book', 10, 2 );

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