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Return an attachment ID using a URL in WordPress
* Return an ID of an attachment by searching the database with the file URL.
* First checks to see if the $url is pointing to a file that exists in
* the wp-content directory. If so, then we search the database for a
* partial match consisting of the remaining path AFTER the wp-content
* directory. Finally, if a match is found the attachment ID will be
* returned.
* @param string $url The URL of the image (ex:
* @return int|null $attachment Returns an attachment ID, or null if no attachment is found
function fjarrett_get_attachment_id_by_url( $url ) {
// Split the $url into two parts with the wp-content directory as the separator
$parsed_url = explode( parse_url( WP_CONTENT_URL, PHP_URL_PATH ), $url );
// Get the host of the current site and the host of the $url, ignoring www
$this_host = str_ireplace( 'www.', '', parse_url( home_url(), PHP_URL_HOST ) );
$file_host = str_ireplace( 'www.', '', parse_url( $url, PHP_URL_HOST ) );
// Return nothing if there aren't any $url parts or if the current host and $url host do not match
if ( ! isset( $parsed_url[1] ) || empty( $parsed_url[1] ) || ( $this_host != $file_host ) ) {
// Now we're going to quickly search the DB for any attachment GUID with a partial path match
// Example: /uploads/2013/05/test-image.jpg
global $wpdb;
$attachment = $wpdb->get_col( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT ID FROM {$wpdb->prefix}posts WHERE guid RLIKE %s;", $parsed_url[1] ) );
// Returns null if no attachment is found
return $attachment[0];

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@fjarrett fjarrett commented May 8, 2013


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@pixeline pixeline commented Jan 13, 2016

In my case, I use relative Uri, by setting, in wp-config.php: define( 'WP_CONTENT_URL', '/wp-content');

So attachments do not have the domain name in their guid. Commenting out lines 20 > 26 makes it all work. Thanks!


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@morganestes morganestes commented Aug 29, 2017

This is exactly what I needed for a Customizer mod I'm working on. Thanks for creating and sharing!

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