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Opened 15 months ago

Last modified 14 months ago

#44748 new feature request

Ability to register custom embeds to built-in endpoints

Reported by: k1sul1 Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: REST API Keywords: needs-patch
Focuses: rest-api Cc:
PR Number:


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There are situations where we "link" to other posts using custom fields, and would like to include said posts when querying for the post that includes said links.
Here's what I already get from the standard /wp/v2/posts/123 endpoint.

"linkedProductCards": [

I'd like to be able to easily fetch and embed the posts under linkedProductCards, with just one network request.

"_embedded": {
  "linkedProductCards": [
    { "id": 856642, "date": "2018-08-06T14:32:06", .. },

And I'd like to be able to have control over whether the embedded post also embeds, as making a separate network request to get the featured image object kinda defeats the purpose of this feature.

Change History (4)

#1 @k1sul1
15 months ago

This is one way of doing it at the moment but it doesn't feel right.

register_rest_field('post', 'linkedProductCards', [
  'get_callback' => function($post, $field_name, $request) {
    $params = $request->get_params();

    if (empty($params['_embed']) || $params['_embed'] === '0') {
      return [];

    $linked = get_field('linkedProductCards', $post['id']);

    if (!$linked) {
      $linked = [];

    return array_map(function($id) {
      return \NS\REST\get_post_from_api($id);
    }, $linked);
  'schema' => [
    'description' => 'Array of posts, in REST API format',
    'type'        => 'array'

#2 @TimothyBlynJacobs
15 months ago

Hi k1sul1,

This is supported. You can see some more information about it in the [docs](https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/extending-the-rest-api/modifying-responses/#adding-links-to-the-api-response).

You’ll probably want to use [rest_prepare_post filter](https://github.com/WordPress/wordpress-develop/blob/master/src/wp-includes/rest-api/endpoints/class-wp-rest-posts-controller.php#L1617) as well.

Nested embeds are not currently supported.

#3 @k1sul1
15 months ago

Interesting. Didn't read well enough.

So if I understood correctly, I'm to use the rest_prepare_post filter to mutate the response with the add_link call. I think I'll manage.

Will nested embeds ever be supported?

#4 @mukesh27
14 months ago

  • Focuses rest-api added
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