How to Extend Search to Include Custom Post Meta

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Are you looking for a way to extend search to include custom post meta? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to extend search to include custom post meta in WordPress.


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

 * Extend wp search to include custom post meta 

function custom_search_query( $query ) {
	if ( !is_admin() && $query->is_search ) {
		$query->set('meta_query', array(
				'key' => '__meta_key__',
				'value' => $query->query_vars['s'],
				'compare' => 'LIKE'
         $query->set('post_type', '__your_post_type__'); // optional
add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'dc_custom_search_query');

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

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 22 best WordPress themes for podcasting and how to create a popup form in WordPress.

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