How To Get the First Link in a Post

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Are you looking for a way to get the first link in a post? This snippet will get the URL in the post meta (if it exists) or the first link found in the post content. As a fallback, it will get the post permalink if no URL is found in the post, which can be useful for the “link” post format.


  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. Call the function in The Loop within a template file when you need to get the first link in the post.
function get_link_url() {
    $content = get_the_content();
    $has_url = get_url_in_content( $content );

    return ( $has_url ) ? $has_url : apply_filters( 'the_permalink', get_permalink() );

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  1. Hi, thanks for this useful post, I did copy paste the code to function.php
    now what code I need to call this function??

    1. You would need to add get_link_url(); in The Loop within a template file. You may want to check out: https://www.isitwp.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-wordpress-loop/

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