wp_get_attachment_image_src( int $attachment_id, string|array $size = 'thumbnail', bool $icon = false )

Retrieve an image to represent an attachment.

Description Description

A mime icon for files, thumbnail or intermediate size for images.

The returned array contains four values: the URL of the attachment image src, the width of the image file, the height of the image file, and a boolean representing whether the returned array describes an intermediate (generated) image size or the original, full-sized upload.

Parameters Parameters


(int) (Required) Image attachment ID.


(string|array) (Optional) Image size. Accepts any valid image size, or an array of width and height values in pixels (in that order).

Default value: 'thumbnail'


(bool) (Optional) Whether the image should be treated as an icon.

Default value: false

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Return Return

(false|array) Returns an array (url, width, height, is_intermediate), or false, if no image is available.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/media.php

function wp_get_attachment_image_src( $attachment_id, $size = 'thumbnail', $icon = false ) {
	// get a thumbnail or intermediate image if there is one
	$image = image_downsize( $attachment_id, $size );
	if ( ! $image ) {
		$src = false;

		if ( $icon && $src = wp_mime_type_icon( $attachment_id ) ) {
			/** This filter is documented in wp-includes/post.php */
			$icon_dir = apply_filters( 'icon_dir', ABSPATH . WPINC . '/images/media' );

			$src_file = $icon_dir . '/' . wp_basename( $src );
			@list( $width, $height ) = getimagesize( $src_file );

		if ( $src && $width && $height ) {
			$image = array( $src, $width, $height );
	 * Filters the image src result.
	 * @since 4.3.0
	 * @param array|false  $image         Either array with src, width & height, icon src, or false.
	 * @param int          $attachment_id Image attachment ID.
	 * @param string|array $size          Size of image. Image size or array of width and height values
	 *                                    (in that order). Default 'thumbnail'.
	 * @param bool         $icon          Whether the image should be treated as an icon. Default false.
	return apply_filters( 'wp_get_attachment_image_src', $image, $attachment_id, $size, $icon );

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
2.5.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Marc Heatley

    The #return section gives keys, but the function just returns indexes. We should make it clearer what is returned by this function. And some description or a link to explain is_intermediate

    	[0] => url,
    	[1] => width</em>
    	[2] => height</em>
    	[4] => is_intermediate
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    Contributed by Codex

    Show the first image associated with the post
    This function retrieves the first image associated with a post.

     * Output a post's first image.
     * @param int $post_id Post ID.
    function wpdocs_echo_first_image( $post_id ) {
    	$args = array(
    		'posts_per_page' => 1,
    		'order'          => 'ASC',
    		'post_mime_type' => 'image',
    		'post_parent'    => $post_id,
    		'post_status'    => null,
    		'post_type'      => 'attachment',
    	$attachments = get_children( $args );
    	if ( $attachments ) {
    		echo '<img src="' . wp_get_attachment_thumb_url( $attachments[0]->ID ) . '" class="current">';
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    Contributed by Codex

    Change Icon Directory
    WordPress can use media icons to represent attachment files on your blog and in the Admin interface, if those icons are available.
    For images, it returns the thumbnail. For other media types, it looks for image files named by media type (e.g., audio.jpg) in the directory wp-includes/images/crystal/.

    This example shows how you can change this directory to a folder called “images” in your theme: wp-content/themes/yourtheme/images. Create the folder and put “media type images” in there. To tell WordPress the directory has changed, put this in the current theme’s functions.php file:

    add_filter( 'icon_dir', 'wpdocs_theme_icon_directory' );
    add_filter( 'icon_dir_uri', 'wpdocs_theme_icon_uri' );
     * Return my desired icon directory
    function wpdocs_theme_icon_directory( $icon_dir ) {
    	return get_stylesheet_directory() . '/images';
     * Return my desired icon URI
    function wpdocs_theme_icon_uri( $icon_dir ) {
    	return get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/images'; 
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    Contributed by CdWritted

    Retrieve the post thumbnail url sized as 220 if thumbnail exists.

    $args = array( 'post_type' => 'post', 'post_status' => 'publish', 'posts_per_page' => 5, 'numberposts' => 5 );
    $posts = get_posts( $args );
    foreach($posts as $post) {
    	$thumbnail_url = wp_get_attachment_image_src(get_post_thumbnail_id($post->ID), array('220','220'), true );
    	$thumbnail_url = $thumbnail_url[0];
    	echo ( !empty($thumbnail_url) ) ? $thumbnail_url : 'No thumb!';

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