I want to try and remove automatic <p> tag and <br> tag addition for my custom post type.

It looks like

remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );

will do this, but how would I make the change only for my chosen post type I've tried writing a function for this, but it doesn't seem to work:

function remove_tags() {
    global $post_type;

    if ( 'client' == $post_type ) {
        remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );
  • Where are you putting these functions?
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:15
  • in my custom post type plugin file
    – user319940
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:16

2 Answers 2


Hook into the_content before the wpautop filter has been called, check the post type, and remove the wpautop filter, which is added in wp-includes/default-filters.php with the default priority 10:

add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpse_82860_remove_autop_for_posttype', 0 );

function wpse_82860_remove_autop_for_posttype( $content )
    # edit the post type here
    'post' === get_post_type() && remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );
    return $content;
  • 1
    After years, I still have problems understanding priority handling of filters in WP. Doesn't 0 mean that it's first called and after that the default wpauto is called with its priority of 10 and puts the <p>s back in?
    – Volker E.
    Feb 1, 2015 at 0:52
  • 2
    @VolkerE. wpautop is not called anymore, because it has been unregistered earlier.
    – fuxia
    Feb 1, 2015 at 0:55
  • 1
    Oh, for sure. Thanks! And it's not even late at my place right now. :}
    – Volker E.
    Feb 1, 2015 at 0:58

//decide when you want to apply the auto paragraph


function my_custom_formatting($content){
if(get_post_type()=='my_custom_post') //if it does not work, you may want to pass the current post object to get_post_type
    return $content;//no autop
 return wpautop($content);

found this code on stackoverflow - looks to do the trick.

  • 2
    +1 for finding your own answer :) Please post the URL for the question where you found the code though.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:29
  • original can be found here stackoverflow.com/questions/7697465/…
    – user319940
    Jan 23, 2013 at 23:33
  • 3
    This will break when another plugin wants to do the same for another custom post type.
    – fuxia
    Jan 24, 2013 at 3:59

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