How to Display a Custom Post Type’s Media Library Inline in WordPress

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Are you looking to showcase your custom post types in a more dynamic and organized manner? One way to do this is by displaying their associated media library inline. By default, WordPress separates the media library for each post type, but with a few adjustments, you can merge them together and create a seamless browsing experience. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of displaying your custom post types’ media library inline, allowing you to easily manage and access all your media in one centralized location.

					function wpturbo_display_custom_post_type_media_library() {
    $args = array(
        'post_type'      => 'your_custom_post_type',
        'posts_per_page' => -1,

    $custom_query = new WP_Query( $args );

    if ( $custom_query->have_posts() ) {
        while ( $custom_query->have_posts() ) {
            // Display post title
            echo '<h2>' . get_the_title() . '</h2>';

            // Display post content
            echo get_the_content();

            // Display post thumbnail
            if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) {
                echo '<div class="post-thumbnail">';
                echo '</div>';
    } else {
        echo __( 'No posts found.', 'wpturbo' );
add_shortcode( 'wpturbo_custom_post_type_media_library', 'wpturbo_display_custom_post_type_media_library' );

The code snippet provided allows you to display the media library for a custom post type inline on your WordPress website. This can be useful if you want to showcase the media associated with your custom post type on a specific page or section of your site.

The first part of the code snippet defines a new function called wpturbo_display_custom_post_type_media_library(). This function is responsible for fetching and displaying the media library for your custom post type.

Inside the function, we define the arguments for our custom query using the $args array. Here, we specify the post type as ‘your_custom_post_type’ and set the ‘posts_per_page’ parameter to -1, which means we want to display all posts of our custom post type. You should replace 'your_custom_post_type' with the actual slug of your custom post type.

Next, we initialize a new instance of WP_Query using the $args array. This will query the posts of our custom post type.

We then check if the custom query has any posts using the have_posts() method. If there are posts, we enter a while loop to iterate through each post.

For each post, we use the the_post() function to set up the post data for the current post in the loop.

Inside the loop, we have three things to display for each post: the post title, the post content, and the post thumbnail.

To display the post title, we simply use the get_the_title() function and wrap it in an h2 HTML tag.

To display the post content, we use the get_the_content() function, which retrieves the content of the current post in the loop.

To display the post thumbnail, we use an if statement to check if the post has a thumbnail using the has_post_thumbnail() function. If it does, we wrap the thumbnail in a div element with a class of "post-thumbnail" and use the the_post_thumbnail() function to display the thumbnail itself.

After iterating through all the posts, we use the wp_reset_postdata() function to reset the custom query and restore the main query.

If the custom query does not have any posts, we display a message indicating that no posts were found using the __() function for translation support.

The last step is to add a shortcode called ‘wpturbo_custom_post_type_media_library’ that will call the wpturbo_display_custom_post_type_media_library() function. This allows you to easily embed the media library for your custom post type by using the shortcode [wpturbo_custom_post_type_media_library] in your posts or pages.

By using this code snippet and shortcode, you can easily display the media library for your custom post type inline on your WordPress website.

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