Working with Custom Post Types in WP-API v2

If you worked with the first version of the WP-API, you know that getting custom post types was really easy.

To get all posts, I could send a GET request to To get a specific type, I could send my request to

There have been some pretty big changes in version 2, which is now in WordPress core.

Custom post types are now hidden from the API by default. I can see why they did this, many themes and plugins added post types that they never intended to be public. Making those public would cause more problems than it would solve.

However, that now means we can’t just add the ‘type’ flag to our request, and expect to get post types back.

How to get custom post types in the WP-API v2

Any custom post type that you want to be available to the WP-API needs to have the show_in_rest = true argument. You can do this in your registration function, or after the post is already registered.

Find available post types

The WP-API lists all available post types at

The Register Function

You can add your custom post type to the API when you register it.

Using the ‘book’ post type example from the codex, we just add the show_in_rest argument.

add_action( 'init', 'codex_book_init' );
 * Register a book post type.
 * @link
function codex_book_init() {
	$labels = array(
		'name'               => _x( 'Books', 'post type general name', 'your-plugin-textdomain' ),

	$args = array(
		'labels'             => $labels,
		'show_in_rest'       => true,
		'supports'           => array( 'title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'comments' )

	register_post_type( 'book', $args );

The important part is ‘show_in_rest’ => true, that’s what exposes our CPT to the API.

Method 2: Add support after the post is already registered

If you are exposing a CPT that is not in your own plugin, or you need to do it in a different place, you can use the register_post_type_args filter.

function sb_add_cpts_to_api( $args, $post_type ) {
	if ( 'movie' === $post_type ) {
		$args['show_in_rest'] = true;
	return $args;
add_filter( 'register_post_type_args', 'sb_add_cpts_to_api', 10, 2 );

Getting Your Posts

Your CPT will be available at your site like this:

For more information, please consult the REST API Handbook.

*Updated Feb 2018

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Posted by Scott

  1. Tip: Method 2 can be simplified now with the new `register_post_type_args` hook in trunk, see


    1. Good tip, thanks Pascal!


  2. So, I’ve tried both mothods but the returned JSON just contain 10 posts (in both methods). Can u tell me why?

    Btw, thank you for the post. Saved my a lot of work.


    1. Just to be clear…

      When I use the “produto” endpoint and search (Ctrl+F) for the “id” it returns 10 itens (here’s a print: BUT, if I type after the “produto” endpoint and random and valid ID (that no appears in this JSON) it works (print:


    2. Hi Matheus, the API returns 10 posts at a time by default. You have to use the page parameter to get more. For example, …wp-json/wp/v2/posts?page=2


      1. Hi Scott,

        How do we overwrite this default value and make the api return all items?


  3. Scott, have you tried adding this support and creating a new post with the custom post type? I’ve been trying this and can get it to work fine when posting to /posts. It creates the post without a problem. But then I added support for a ‘course’ custom post type but the post is added without accepting the title, excerpt, or content that I am sending. Nothing is different between the two javascript calls except the /course vs. /posts endpoint.

    Do you think that *should* be working? Or do you think I need to write my own custom route to handle that?


    1. Ugh…please disregard. I found that the CPT didn’t support what I was trying to add through the API. Once I added support, everything started working.


  4. Thanks for this! Helped me out when I updated my site to v2 and all my cpt calls didn’t work anymore!


  5. Scott, i am little confused here.

    I have a custom post type as part of a plugin, so I used method 2, first 2 blocks of codes.

    I am able to get custom type posts in following link,

    but when trying to fetch individual post which belong to that custom type, i get a 404 error. any idea on this?

    Please help me here to resolve this


  6. Thanks alot for this, It’s great.


  7. I don’t follow why I have to explicitly allow access to post types if my client is authenticated at the same level as a WordPress administrator.

    A pain!


  8. hi, i am completely new to wordpress in the way of rummaging in the php.files. so with that said where to i find the register_post_type in which file?


  9. Something odd with mine. A bunch of my custom post types working properly, except for 1. Continues to 404 with no rest route, despite having the same code as the rest.

    Any idea what would cause that?


  10. Thank you for this. I really battled to add existing post types. Lots of hours of frustrations sorted out in two min. If only I found your post earlier! :):)


  11. Hello,

    Is there any code example for call the custom post type?

    Thank you!


  12. Thank you , that worked !


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