How to Redirect When WordPress Search Only Returns One Match

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Do you want to redirect your search to the post if there’s only one search result? This snippet improves the onsite search experience by eliminating the need for a click.


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

add_action('template_redirect', 'single_result');
function single_result() {
    if (is_search()) {
        global $wp_query;
        if ($wp_query->post_count == 1) {
            wp_redirect( get_permalink( $wp_query->posts['0']->ID ) );

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: Improve the Default WordPress Search Experience – the Complete Search WP Review.

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  1. I get a syntax error, unexpected ‘$wp_query’ (T_VARIABLE) when i copy paste in your code in the functions.php file. So what i have is a custom post type named cars with 4 taxonomies and i have made an archive page that uses the grid plugin and the search and filter pro plug-in. All works well but i want to have a redirected to the post page instead if i have only one result in the archive. Can you give some hints ? Thanks !

  2. Thanks!

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  5. Cameron Coleman July 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Nice code but I would make one improvement… change

    if ($wp_query->post_count == 1) to
    if ($wp_query->found_posts == 1)
    The original code breaks pagination when there is only one post left on the next page and redirects to it instead of showing it. eg. If a post archive is set to show 10 post per page and 11 results are returned then instead of showing the last post it redirects to it.

    1. this is working properly, thanks!

      1. Glad it helped 🙂

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  7. Your sample worked fine for me, everything appears to work working.

    1. Cliff Paulick July 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Hey, me too now. Sorry. Thanks.

      1. no problem 🙂

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