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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#5310 closed enhancement (fixed)

XMLRPC interface should expose mechanism for listing and deleting media resources

Reported by: redsweater Owned by: SergeyBiryukov
Milestone: 4.0 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.3.1
Component: XML-RPC Keywords: good-first-bug has-patch commit
Focuses: Cc:


Right now the XMLRPC interface supports the "newMediaObject" mechanism that is part of the MetaWeblog API, but lacks any method for inspecting or otherwise manipulating media objects.

I think to support a richer remote client experience, the XLMRPC interface should support at least a method for listing the media objects that have been previously uploaded (similar to what appears in the "Browse" tab of the wp-admin post editor), and for deleting a media asset that is present.

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5310_patch.diff (652 bytes) - added by fahmiadib 5 years ago.
5310.diff (1.0 KB) - added by SergeyBiryukov 5 years ago.

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Change History (20)

#1 @josephscott
12 years ago

  • Cc josephscott added

#2 @Denis-de-Bernardy
10 years ago

itching to move this in Media

#3 @westi
10 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Milestone changed from 2.9 to Future Release

Needs a patch.

Moving to Future Release for now.

#4 follow-up: @johnbillion
6 years ago

  • Keywords good-first-bug added

We now have a method for listing items in the media library (wp.getMediaLibrary) but still none for deleting media items.

#5 in reply to: ↑ 4 @maxcutler
6 years ago

Replying to johnbillion:

... but still none for deleting media items.

Actually, since media items are really just a post type, you can use wp.deletePost method to delete them. Likewise, you can use wp.editPost to modify most of the media item fields (except image and alt-text, the latter of which is a protected meta).

It might be nice to have a simple wrapper to make this more obvious to new users, or else add some documentation to the Codex.

#6 @markoheijnen
6 years ago

That was exactly the reason why it wasn't added in 3.4 or 3.5

#7 @nacin
6 years ago

  • Owner josephscott deleted
  • Status changed from new to assigned

#8 @nacin
5 years ago

We could just add an alias in the methods list.

5 years ago

#9 @fahmiadib
5 years ago

Add wp.deleteMediaItem as an alias to wp_deletePost

#10 @SergeyBiryukov
5 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed
  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 4.0

#11 @samuelsidler
5 years ago

  • Keywords commit added

This ticket was mentioned in IRC in #wordpress-dev by helen. View the logs.

5 years ago

#13 @SergeyBiryukov
5 years ago

  • Owner set to SergeyBiryukov
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In 28849:

XML-RPC: Add wp.deleteMediaItem as an alias to wp_deletePost.

props fahmiadib.
fixes #5310.

5 years ago

#14 @SergeyBiryukov
5 years ago

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

I wonder if the alias should be called wp.deleteFile, for consistency with wp.uploadFile. See 5310.diff.

(Whitespace looks weird in the patches here because the whole array is aligned with tabs instead of spaces.)

Last edited 5 years ago by SergeyBiryukov (previous) (diff)

This ticket was mentioned in IRC in #wordpress-dev by SergeyBiryukov. View the logs.

5 years ago

#16 follow-up: @DrewAPicture
5 years ago

+1 for swapping the aliases.

#17 in reply to: ↑ 16 @westi
5 years ago

Replying to DrewAPicture:

+1 for swapping the aliases.


I think wp.deleteFile is a better name and more consistent with the others.

#18 @westi
5 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

In 29255:

XMLRPC: Switch the file deletion alias to be deleteFile to more closely make uploadFile.

Fixes #5310 props SergeyBiryukov.

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