Re-attach Library Media

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Are you looking for a way to easily add the re-attach library media to posts? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to re-attach library media in WordPress.


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

add_filter("manage_upload_columns", 'upload_columns');
add_action("manage_media_custom_column", 'media_custom_columns', 0, 2);

function upload_columns($columns) {
    $columns['better_parent'] = "Parent";
    return $columns;
function media_custom_columns($column_name, $id) {
    $post = get_post($id);
    if($column_name != 'better_parent')
        if ( $post->post_parent > 0 ) {
            if ( get_post($post->post_parent) ) {
                $title =_draft_or_post_title($post->post_parent);
            <strong><a href="<?php echo get_edit_post_link( $post->post_parent ); ?>"><?php echo $title ?></a></strong>, <?php echo get_the_time(__('Y/m/d')); ?>
            <br />
            <a class="hide-if-no-js" onclick="findPosts.open('media[]','<?php echo $post->ID ?>');return false;" href="#the-list"><?php _e('Re-Attach'); ?></a>
        } else {
            <?php _e('(Unattached)'); ?><br />
            <a class="hide-if-no-js" onclick="findPosts.open('media[]','<?php echo $post->ID ?>');return false;" href="#the-list"><?php _e('Attach'); ?></a>

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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