How to Remove Featured Image When Deleting a Post with wp_delete_attachment

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Are you looking for a way to remove featured image when deleting a post with wp_delete_attachment? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to remove featured image when deleting a post in WordPress.

When you delete a post or page, the featured image that you’ve attached to it will remain there on your website. If you want to remove the featured image attachments as well while deleting the post or page, then keep in mind:

  • If the same featured image is attached to multiple posts, then permanently deleting any of those posts will delete the featured image as well.
  • The images will only be removed when you permanently delete the post from trash.


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

add_action( 'before_delete_post', 'wps_remove_attachment_with_post', 10 );
function wps_remove_attachment_with_post($post_id)

	if(has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ))
	  $attachment_id = get_post_thumbnail_id( $post_id );
	  wp_delete_attachment($attachment_id, true);


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.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 7 best WordPress GDPR plugins to create a GDPR compliant site and how to create a WordPress donation form.

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  1. I have a site where I upload Apkmod file that’s why I have to upload dozens of post daily but some time by mistake I upload the same post with the same feature image and I don’t want my site work slowly and also I don’t want old same images. So I just delete the old post with the same name and keep the new post on my site when I delete the old post I also delete the Featured image who is attached with the post but the problem is when I delete the old post and there feature image then my new post Featured image is not showing I don’t know what is the problem please help me

  2. is this also delete media in body post?
    or only the featured image

  3. Mohammed Shammas March 7, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Thanks a lot for the good guidance. Really appreciate it. 🙂

  4. Excellent, been looking for it.. Thank you so much.

  5. Hey how do we add this type of <3 Recommended Button in our wordpress posts.

  6. Hi
    Thanks it’s very usefull and it also delete all the generated thumbnails 🙂 but I’m also look for the same snippet BUT to delete all WP image gallery (included generated thumbnails) that are attached to a post. Any idea?

    1. Yes. I’m looking for it too, not only delete the feature image but delete the feature images generated thumbnails. Have you found anything?

      1. Noble Ozogbuda July 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        Hello Bro nice comment, please i have been looking for ways to contact you?

    2. I want this too, remove all the image related to the post, like insert image for content inside through media insert.

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