I ran into an issue the other day where I had custom post types showing up in WordPress search results. If you are manually registering your post types simply add the ‘exclude_from_search’ argument before registering.


If a plugin is creating the custom post type, use the ‘init’ hook with a high priority to update those arguments after the plugin has registered the post type. To do this, add this to functions.php.

Your custom post type will no longer show up in the WordPress search results.

11 comments on “Exclude Custom Post Type From Search in WordPress

  1. Chillmen says:

    Thank you for this code, i was searching for a solution to exclude woocommerce products from wp default search results and your solution is working perfectly.

    1. Braulio says:

      Hello Chillmen, where you hit the code to make it work ?, I have also WooCommerce and I keep searching, greetings.

  2. Bud says:

    Works perfectly! Thank you!
    For novices like me, two things to mention:
    Be sure to add your post type in both places in the code (I missed one the first time)
    Insert the code into the user/functions.php file (assuming that your theme has one) so it won’t be overwritten if you update the theme. Mine was at wp-content/themes/(theme name)/functions/user/functions.php

  3. Nikita says:

    thanks for sharing this code, but when i use it, i have some trouble:
    don’t showing products in product category page.
    i have no idea why?maybe your have some thoughts about it?

  4. Nikita says:

    sorry for incorrect question(:
    i use woocommerce on my website, so i told about it.
    my code with custom_type=”product”.

    add_action( 'init', 'update_my_custom_type', 99 );
    function update_my_custom_type() {
    global $wp_post_types;

    if ( post_type_exists( 'product' ) ) {

    // exclude from search results
    $wp_post_types['product']->exclude_from_search = true;

  5. Ben says:

    This is cool… but when I use it to clean up products from my search, it nukes my product listings in the woo product pages too. I am guessing they use the same search functions… any idea how I might remove product results from just the wordpress search box? Thanks!

    1. HelpfulGuy says:

      You could always wrap the code in an is_search() conditional statement to ensure it only effects search pages. Food for thought.

  6. tracy says:

    This is exactly what I needed and was almost the solution…

    I realized when I click on my WooCommerce category, there are no products in it.

    Maybe the WooCommerce category link uses the WP search pull?

    Is there a way to modify the coding or can you suggest what I did wrong? ~ really appreciate the help

  7. bevin says:

    Worked just fine. Thank you.

  8. Gray Ayer says:

    I as well have been trying this for WooCommerce Products and couldn’t figure out the best way to wrap the function in a is_search() conditional. If anyone figures that out I’d love to see their solution.

  9. Jonas Lundman says:

    Using this method hides custom queries and leaves empty listings like in products or widgets.

    Set conditional instead is_search() and filter pre_get_posts

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