Is it possible to edit existing registered post statuses?

I am using the Edit Flow plugin to create custom statuses, however, the plugin does not offer the option to set whether the statuses are 'public' or not. I went in to the code and was able to insert that in, but obviously that will get overwritten with any updates. Essentially, I am looking for a complimentary function to add_post_type_support() for post statuses.

So something like

add_action('init', 'my_custom_init');
function my_custom_init() {

      add_post_status_support( 'custom_status', array('public'=>true) );


1 Answer 1


You can alter a post status after init by changing the global variable $wp_post_statusses:

function alt_post_status() {
    global $wp_post_statuses;

    $wp_post_statuses['custom_status']->public = true;

add_action( 'init', 'alt_post_status' );

register_post_status() (line 922) does the same thing:


global $wp_post_statuses;

if (!is_array($wp_post_statuses))
    $wp_post_statuses = array();

// Args prefixed with an underscore are reserved for internal use.
$defaults = array(
    'label' => false,
    'label_count' => false,
    'exclude_from_search' => null,
    '_builtin' => false,
    'public' => null,
    'internal' => null,
    'protected' => null,
    'private' => null,
    'publicly_queryable' => null,
    'show_in_admin_status_list' => null,
    'show_in_admin_all_list' => null,
$args = wp_parse_args($args, $defaults);
$args = (object) $args;


$wp_post_statuses[$post_status] = $args;

  • Works perfectly, the first part anyway, didn't test the second since the first worked ha
    – Kyle
    Dec 21, 2012 at 14:58

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