I'm currently developing a website with WordPress 3.5 and I need to retrieve Post Text (Only text, not include images) at Archive Page. I can retrieve it with wp_excerpt() method without any problems. But the main problem for me is that I can't get the exact text layout. wp_excerpt() method returns text which ignores all extra spaces and line breaks. What should I do? I think I will get Only Post Text with Exact Layout if I can retrieve from wp_content() method. Thanks in advance for your help!


Or even simpler:

echo wp_strip_all_tags( get_the_content() );

By using:

  • get_the_content()

    Retrieve the post content. (Must be used in a Loop)

    An important difference from the_content() is that get_the_content() does not pass the content through the 'the_content'. This means that get_the_content() will not auto-embed videos or expand shortcodes, among other things.

  • wp_strip_all_tags()

    Properly strip all HTML tags including script and style.

  • This should be approved as the answer. – AlbertSamuel Apr 8 '18 at 23:44

There's not a native WordPress function to retrieve text only, but you can use WordPress filters and regex code to target this specific problem.

To get unformated text, use get_the_content() function. To apply all filters, use it this way( see codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/the_content#Alternative_Usage ):

$content = get_the_content();
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
$content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content);
echo $content;

Before applying filters, there is a space for you custom modifications, e.g. removing images. This way:

$content = get_the_content();
$content = preg_replace('/(<)([img])(\w+)([^>]*>)/', "", $content);
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
$content = str_replace(']]>', ']]&gt;', $content);
echo $content;

Source of preg_replace code: http://www.phpzag.com/php-remove-image-tags-from-a-html-string-with-preg_replace/

You may need to remove also shortcodes, if any are used. This can be done also via preg_replace and I bet you'll find some on the google.

  • 1
    Thank you so much for your reply and also apologize for my late response. I tried like this. $content = get_the_content(); $content = preg_replace('/(<)([gallery])(\w+)([^>]*>)/', ”, $content); $content = apply_filters('the_content', $content); $content = str_replace(']]>', ']]&gt;', $content); echo $content; But it didn't work. No images are removed and can't see any text that I expect. – Thiha Maung Feb 24 '13 at 11:08

The following code works perfectly for me. Just add this to your functions.php file in your theme:

// Hook : to get content without images
add_filter('the_content', 'wpse_get_content_without_images');

function wpse_get_content_without_images() {
    $content = get_the_content();
    $content = preg_replace( '/<img[^>]+./', '', $content );
    echo $content;

Then, get your post content the standard way using echo the_content();.


I combined results from the other answers on this post to strip images and audio etc, but keeping the formatting. By first getting the content with get_the_content, then passing it through the "the_content" filter to add formatting etc, and then using php'sstrip_tags to only allow a limited number of tags.



Here is the code to remove gallery content and to have only content.

$content = get_the_content();
        $content = preg_replace('/\[gallery.*ids=.(.*).\]/', "", $content);
        $content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
        $content = str_replace(']]>', ']]&gt;', $content);
        echo $content;
  • Isn't that exactly what some of the other answers have said only with less explanation? – Matthew Brown aka Lord Matt Sep 4 '19 at 5:26

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