I have created a custom post type, but I do not want it to have a permalink. By default, after entering the post title, it creates a permalink. I do not need them to be generated.

From my reading, it is said that custom post type will have a permalink and there is no way of disabling it. Is there a way that I can prevent the ajax call that receives the permalink?

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    Do you want to hide the permalink under the post title on Edit Post page? Do I understand right? – Max Yudin Mar 15 '13 at 15:02
  • yes, I can hide it with css, but I want to disable it so I dont have to use css. If i could disable the ajax call it would be best – meWantToLearn Mar 15 '13 at 15:12
    add_filter('get_sample_permalink_html', 'my_hide_permalinks');
    function my_hide_permalinks($in){
        global $post;
        if($post->post_type == 'my_post_type')
            $out = preg_replace('~<div id="edit-slug-box".*</div>~Ui', '', $in);
        return $out;

This will remove:

  • Permalink itself
  • View Post button
  • Get Shortlink button

If you want to remove permalink only, replace the line containing preg_replace with

$out = preg_replace('~<span id="sample-permalink".*</span>~Ui', '', $in);


get_sample_permalink_html has changed in version 4.4.

Here is the updated and tested code:

add_filter('get_sample_permalink_html', 'my_hide_permalinks', 10, 5);

function my_hide_permalinks($return, $post_id, $new_title, $new_slug, $post)
    if($post->post_type == 'my_post_type') {
        return '';
    return $return;
  • this didn't work for me - but I had it return '' and it did work. I don't know the implications of that though. – Jacob Raccuia Nov 21 '14 at 22:59
  • Yeah, this doesn't work. – Brett Jan 15 '16 at 2:13
  • That's strange, it worked for me before. Anyway, it has to be changed to meet WP 4.4 requirements. I've updated the code. – Max Yudin Jan 18 '16 at 15:35
  • This answer seems to only hide the permalink from showing, but it is not fully disabled – user33056 Apr 6 '17 at 4:56

While the accepted answer seems to only hide the permalink from showing, but still being generated and accessible, you can disable the permalink from showing and being accessible by setting certain register_post_types parameters.

I've achieved what I needed by only setting the following, but depending on your specific case, you may want to adjust some of the other parameters.

'public' => false,
'show_ui' => true

More: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/108658/33056

  • In general, you are totally right, but the answer is given according to the OP's amendment commentary. – Max Yudin Apr 7 '17 at 12:36
  • this answers the question perfectly. creating an extra function just to hide a permalink div is the utter definition of crazy – Zach Smith Sep 5 '17 at 16:45

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