How To Count the Number of JPG, GIF, and PNG Images in Media Library

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Are you looking for a way to count the JPG, GIF, and PNG images in the media library? This snippet will display a total of all JPG, GIF, and PNG images that are in the media library.


  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. function img_count(){
    	$query_img_args = array(
    		'post_type' => 'attachment',
    		'post_mime_type' =>array(
                    		'jpg|jpeg|jpe' => 'image/jpeg',
                    		'gif' => 'image/gif',
    				'png' => 'image/png',
    		'post_status' => 'inherit',
    		'posts_per_page' => -1,
    	$query_img = new WP_Query( $query_img_args );
    	echo $query_img->post_count;
  3. Add this snippet to the location in your theme where you want to display the count total.
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  1. awesome it works! I need to create a shortcode to put the count where I want it. Wouldnt line 15 be then…

    add_shortcode(‘imagecount’, ‘img_count’);

    and then use [imagecount] on the page?
    what do i have wrong?

    1. Shortcodes require this pattern:

      function myFunction( $atts ) {

      return “value”;
      add_shortcode( ‘shortcode’, ‘myFunction’ );

      So you could use the above code and add this to the functions.php file:

      function imageCountShortcode( $atts ) {

      return img_count();
      add_shortcode( ‘imagecount’, ‘imageCountShortcode’ );

      Please note that this has not been tested, but can be used as a reference.

  2. The count work good but i can not show result with shortcode i added, short code inside widget but count appear above it.

    1. The above code is not for a shortcode. If you edited to be a shortcode, you would want to check that it was created correctly: https://codex.wordpress.org/Shortcode_API

  3. Cliff Paulick May 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Isn’t this part of WP core? I’m using 3.3.2 and it’s already there without this snippet.

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