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How to use date_rewrite_rules filter in WordPress

Sandeep Kumar Mishra
Sandeep Kumar Mishra
July 1, 2022
5 minutes read

date_rewrite_rules filter

Likely date archives would include /yyyy/, /yyyy/mm/, and /yyyy/mm/dd/.

To use date_rewrite_rules filter, first you have to register it using add_filter. You can write this code into functions.php of your activated theme or in a custom WordPress Plugin.

We at Flipper Code, always prefer to create a custom WordPress Plugin while using hooks so nothing breaks when you update your WordPress Theme in the future.

In the below live example, we have defined a function modify_date_rewrite_rules_defaults which takes 1 parameters and we registered using add_filter. The first parameter date_rewrite_rules is name of the hook, The second parameter modify_date_rewrite_rules_defaults is name of the function which need to be called, third parameter is the priority of calling the hook if same hook is used multiple times and the last parameter is the number of arguments (if any) to be passed in the registered function.

Sometime, you have to remove a registered hook so you can use remove_filter to remove date_rewrite_rules filter.


    Below the 1 parameter is required to use this hook.

  • $date_rewrite : (string[]) Array of rewrite rules for date archives, keyed by their regex pattern.

Live Example

apply_filters( 'date_rewrite_rules', string[] $date_rewrite )

Below is an example how you can use this hook.

                        function modify_date_rewrite_rules_defaults($date_rewrite) { 
                            // Update the $date_rewrite variable according to your website requirements and return this variable. You can modify the $date_rewrite variable conditionally too if you want.

                            return $date_rewrite; 
                        // add the filter
                        add_filter( "date_rewrite_rules", "modify_date_rewrite_rules_defaults", 10, 1 );

To remove a hook callback, use the example below.

remove_filter( "date_rewrite_rules", "modify_date_rewrite_rules_defaults", 10, 1 );

Please make sure provide the same callback function name, priority and number of arguments while removing the hook callback.

Flipper Code is a Premium WordPress Plugins development company and integrating new functionalites into WordPress sites in form of custom WordPress Plugins since 2012. If you’re having any trouble using this hook, please contact our WordPress Development Team and we’d be happy to assist you.

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