Only show media items the user uploaded

In the Media Library, for the Editor user role, how can we show only media items they uploaded.

  • Luís
    • Support

    Hi allanlove ,

    Hope you’re doing well today!

    After the live chat, I made a quick research and found this code and based in what I tested in my site, it works:

    add_filter( 'ajax_query_attachments_args', 'wpb_show_current_user_attachments' );

    function wpb_show_current_user_attachments( $query ) {
    $user_id = get_current_user_id();
    if (current_user_can('editor') ) {
    $query['author'] = $user_id;
    return $query;

    You can use it on your theme functions.php or in a mu-plugin. I sent attached the mu-plugin I used to test this on my site, if you are interested:

    1) Download the .zip file and unzip it;

    2) Using FTP access, upload hide-media.php to wp-content/mu-plugins. If you don’t have a “mu-plugins” folder under “wp-content”, please create it.

    I hope this information has been helpful. If I can help you in this or other related question, please let me know!

    Cheers, Luís

  • Ash
    • WordPress Hacker

    Hello allanlove

    Please try the following code:

    function users_own_attachments( $wp_query_obj ) {

    global $current_user, $pagenow;

    $is_attachment_request = ($wp_query_obj->get('post_type')=='attachment');

    if( !$is_attachment_request )

    if( !is_a( $current_user, 'WP_User') )

    if( !in_array( $pagenow, array( 'upload.php', 'admin-ajax.php' ) ) )

    if( ! current_user_can('administrator') )
    $wp_query_obj->set('author', $current_user->ID );


    Let us know if it works :slight_smile: Hope it helps! Please feel free to ask more questions if you have any.

    Have a nice day!



  • allanlove
    • The Incredible Code Injector


    Quick question, could this have an impact on an user role: Editor in pages as they can only view them.

    I have commented out the code and then checked this didn’t make any impact but i am sure it worked before hand?

    If not that’s ok but any help would be appreciated

    Thank you

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