I have an audio player than uses the following syntax to display its player:

[audio src="http://somedomain.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/songtitle.mp3"]

The thing is, I'm pretty sure I can show the user how to copy the url and paste it in the post, but how can I search the content for a .mp3 link and then put [audio src=" in front of it and "] at the end of it?


Filter the_content ond/or the_excerpt and replace audio URLs that are not an attribute value already.


add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpse_82336_audio_url_to_shortcode', 1 );
add_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'wpse_82336_audio_url_to_shortcode', 1 );

function wpse_82336_audio_url_to_shortcode( $content )
    # See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_file_format
    # Adjust the list to your needs
    $suffixes = array (
        '3gp', 'aa3', 'aac', 'aiff', 'ape', 'at3', 'au',  'flac', 'm4a', 'm4b',
        'm4p', 'm4r', 'm4v', 'mpc',  'mp3', 'mp4', 'mpp', 'oga',  'ogg', 'oma',
        'pcm', 'tta', 'wav', 'wma',  'wv',

    $formats = join( '|', $suffixes );
    $regex   = '~
    (([^"\'])|^)            # start of string or attribute delimiter -> match 1
    (https?                 # http or https
        ://                 # separator
        .+/                 # domain plus /
        .+                  # file name at least one character
        \.                  # a dot
        (' . $formats . ')  # file suffixes
    )                       # complete URL -> match 3
    (([^"\'])|$)?           # end of string or attribute delimiter -> match 5
    ~imUx';                 # case insensitive, multi-line, ungreedy, commented

    return preg_replace( $regex, '\1[audio src="\3"]\5', $content );
  • This is awesome!! You are the man, this is what I was trying to do, just wasn't sure how to go about it - or even where to start! Jan 20 '13 at 4:20

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