I'm running the latest version of WordPress with pretty permalinks enabled.

I'm looking for a way to include the Post Format type (eg: link, status, quote) in the post's permalink. When the post has no format assigned, or uses the 'standard' format, I want that part of the permalink to empty.

Example using the link post format:


Example using the quote post format:


Example using no post format:


Edit: See my answer for progress

  • do child attachment post URLs still need to function? for example /link/look-at-this-cool-site/attachment-post/ or /just-another-post/attachment-post/
    – Milo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 6:36
  • @Milo Yes, they would. Just as if you were using %category% as part of your permalink structure.
    – shea
    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:37
  • the one thing that makes it vastly more complicated is your requirement to have no format for posts without a format, that's not how %category% permalinks work, so it's not quite the same. without a format, your posts would clash with pages, or you'll need extra rewrite rules and some fairly complex parsing to make attachment posts work.
    – Milo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 15:01

2 Answers 2


While researching this topic myself, I found a plugin called Post Format Permalink. However, this plugin is not compatible with recent versions of WordPress; it is also filled with unnecessary code.

I forked the plugin's repository on GitHub, and improved the code greatly. I can now use a %post_format% tag in my permalink structure, and that works fine. Mostly.

The problem is, posts with no post format are displaying as http://example.com/standard/just-another-post, which is not the desired outcome. I'll keep working on this, and post an update here.

Here is the code I used. It can also be found on GitHub:

 * Plugin Name: Post Format Permalink
 * Plugin URI: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/q/70627/19726
 * Description: Include the post format slug in your permalinks. Simply use the <code>%post_format%</code> tag as part of your custom permalink.
 * Version: 1.2
 * Author: shea
 * Author URI: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/users/19726

add_filter( 'post_link', 'post_format_permalink', 10, 2 );
add_filter( 'post_type_link', 'post_format_permalink', 10, 2 );

function post_format_permalink( $permalink, $post_id ) {

    // if we're not using the %post_format% tag in our permalinks, bail early
    if ( strpos($permalink, '%post_format%') === FALSE ) return $permalink;

    // get the post object
    $post = get_post( $post_id );
    if ( ! $post ) return $permalink;

    // get post format slug
    $format = get_post_format( $post->ID );

    // set the slug for standard posts
    if ( empty( $format ) )
        $format = apply_filters( 'post_format_standard_slug', 'standard' );

    // apply the post format slug to the permalink
    return str_replace( '%post_format%', $format, $permalink );
  • Great solution, but it appears to be causing an issue for permalinks for pages. All pages are giving a 404 not found. Any idea why this might be?
    – Dustin
    Aug 1, 2013 at 19:43
  • @Dustin I just tried it out again, and you're right. It was working fine when I wrote this snippet, I'll try and see what is causing it to break
    – shea
    Aug 3, 2013 at 7:40

You can add a custom slug to the permalinks via plugin and use this inside your custom permalinks; dont forgett to update the permalinks. It is important, that the rules was refreshed. The follow source is a exmaple for use post format with the string %postformat%, but not perfectly code. Better is to load on hook plugins_loaded and not create a new class, but enough to test and use it now.

Please check this, current untested. I have write this for long time.

 * Plugin Name: Post Format Permalink
 * Description: Allow to use Post Format as Permalink; inlcude %postformat% in custom permalink

class Fb_Add_Post_Format_Permalink {

    function __construct() {

        add_filter( 'pre_post_link', array( $this, 'generate_permalink' ), 10, 2 );
        add_filter( 'post_rewrite_rules', array( $this, 'rewrite_rules' ) );
        add_filter( 'generate_rewrite_rules', array( $this, 'generate_rewrite_rules' ) );

    function generate_permalink( $permalink, $post ) {
        global $standard_slug;

        if ( FALSE === strpos( $permalink, '%postformat%' ) )
            return $permalink;

        if ( ! is_object( $post ) )
            $post = get_post( $post_id );

        $postformat = get_post_format( $post->ID );
        if ( empty( $postformat ) )
            $postformat = ! empty($standard_slug) ? $standard_slug : 'standard';

        return str_replace( '%postformat%', $postformat, $permalink );

    function generate_rewrite_rules( $wp_rewrite ) {
        global $clean_post_rewrites;

        $wp_rewrite->rules = $wp_rewrite->rules + $clean_post_rewrites;

    function rewrite_rules( $post_rewrite ) {
        global $clean_post_rewrites, $wp_rewrite, $standard_slug;

        $wp_rewrite->use_verbose_page_rules = TRUE;

        $post_format_slugs = implode( '|', get_post_format_slugs() );
        if ( ! empty($standard_slug) )
            $post_format_slugs = preg_replace( '|standard|', $standard_slug, $post_format_slugs, 1 );

        while ( list($k, $v) = each( $post_rewrite ) ) {
            $new_k = preg_replace( '|%postformat%|', '(' . $post_format_slugs . ')', $k, 1 );
            $clean_post_rewrites[$new_k] = $v;

        return $post_rewrite;

$post_format = new Fb_Add_Post_Format_Permalink();
  • Sorry, that code does not work on my setup
    – shea
    Nov 1, 2012 at 23:24
  • You have a error or nothing?
    – bueltge
    Nov 1, 2012 at 23:40
  • Permalinks appear to be http://example.com/%postformat%/example-quote-post
    – shea
    Nov 1, 2012 at 23:52
  • Is the other solution not the right solution for you?
    – bueltge
    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:00
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    Well, I appreciate that you were willing to help, so you can have the bounty.
    – shea
    Nov 6, 2012 at 19:21

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