I need to get all file attachments which is not an image,
'post_mime_type' only accepts "any" or specific mime types,

How to grab all type of attachments, but images?

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WordPress has a function, get_allowed_mime_types, which will return all allowed types. We can filter this list and exclude any types containing image, then query for all remaining types by passing them as a comma separated list to post_mime_type. This may not be the most efficient way to do it, you may be better off filtering posts_where, but it'll work.

$filtered_mime_types = array();

foreach( get_allowed_mime_types() as $key => $type ):
    if( false === strpos( $type, 'image' ) )
        $filtered_mime_types[] = $type;

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'attachment',
    'posts_per_page' => -1,
    'post_status' => 'any',
    'post_mime_type' => implode( ',', $filtered_mime_types )

$results = new WP_Query( $args );
  • It seems get_allowed_mime_types will be solve my problem, but that was very boring problem on wp
    – Digerkam
    Feb 14, 2013 at 13:28
  • post_mime_type also takes array as an value, no need to implode()
    – Sisir
    Oct 12, 2017 at 15:20

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