How can I get WordPress post content by post id?


Simple as it gets

$my_postid = 12;//This is page id or post id
$content_post = get_post($my_postid);
$content = $content_post->post_content;
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
$content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content);
echo $content;
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    Shorthand for specific field: $content = get_post_field('post_content', $my_postid); – Rarst Feb 17 '11 at 21:39
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    @Bainternet I'm just curious here... what is the part $content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content); do? what's the purpose of it there? – Average Joe Nov 4 '13 at 11:02
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    @AverageJoe its basic search and replace. When using the_content() the content is filtered. Since in the above example the content was directly retrieved, the author has used the search and replace to make it safe. – Harish Chouhan Mar 18 '14 at 9:21
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    maybe you also need do_shortcode() like $content = do_shortcode(get_post_field('post_content', $my_postid)); – cyptus Mar 9 '18 at 13:47
  • Is there anyway to preserve the "more_link"? – user2128576 Jul 5 '18 at 1:46
echo get_post_field('post_content', $post_id);
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    better to do it like echo apply_filters('the_content', get_post_field('post_content', $post_id));. For example when using qTranslate, your solution would not be enough. – Karel Attl Jan 17 '13 at 7:10
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    This is the best answer if the scope is to get the post content as it is in the WordPress edit page. – mcont Aug 8 '14 at 13:21
  • Without the code from @KarelAttl line breaks where missing. With the apply_filters code it worked perfectly. – Alexander Taubenkorb Sep 23 '15 at 12:23
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    apply_filters is a good option, but wasn't right for my current purpose. It's good to have both options. – KnightHawk Nov 5 '15 at 18:12

Another way to get a WordPress post content by post id is:

$content = apply_filters('the_content', get_post_field('post_content', $my_postid));

To complete this answer I have also added method 01 and method 02 to this answer.

Method 01 (credit goes to bainternet):

$content_post = get_post($my_postid);
$content = $content_post->post_content;
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);
$content = str_replace(']]>', ']]>', $content);

Method 02 (credit goes to realmag777):

$content = get_post_field('post_content', $my_postid);

Method 03:

$content = apply_filters('the_content', get_post_field('post_content', $my_postid));

Read the What is the best / efficient way to get WordPress content by post id and why? question to get an idea about which one you should use from the above three.


If you need more than one post, use get_posts(). It leaves the main query alone and returns an array of posts that's easy to loop over.

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