How to Add a “Last Modified” Column in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to add a “last modified” column in WordPress post editor? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to add a “last modified” column in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

// Register the column
function modified_column_register( $columns ) {
	$columns['modified_list'] = __( 'Modified', 'my-plugin' );
	return $columns;
add_filter( 'manage_edit-post_columns', 'modified_column_register' );

// Display the column content
function modified_column_display( $column_name, $post_id ) {
	if ( 'modified_list' != $column_name )
	echo the_modified_date();
add_action( 'manage_posts_custom_column', 'modified_column_display', 10, 2 );

// Register the column as sortable
function modified_column_register_sortable( $columns ) {
	$columns['modified_list'] = 'modified_list';
	return $columns;
add_filter( 'manage_edit-post_sortable_columns', 'modified_column_register_sortable' );

Credit for this code goes to Scribu’s Custom Sortable Columns post.

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Hello
    I copied your snippet of code above (displaying a Date modified column in Posts page), but no extra column shows up.
    I am new to all of this and perhaps there is something else I should have done other than add it to my functions.php file.

    1. Hello Norma,

      Thank you for your question.

      We just verified and the code and is working. Please make sure that the label “Modified” is enabled in the “Screen Options,” then try again. If this does not work you can also try using WPCode. There is a free version you can find in your WordPress repository that should also allow you to do this.

      Thank you.

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