Export media with selected content


When selecting one post type in the WordPress export screen, by default the linked media (attachments) are not included.

This plugin adds an “Export media with selected content” option. When checked, the plugin tries to find featured images and included media in the post_content, adding them to the export file.


  • "Export media with selected content" checkbox option now available in the Export screen.


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/export-media-with-content directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress


It does not seem to work?

This plugin hooks into the WordPress export routine and tries to find images related to the post (page, etc.). It does so by looking for “attached” (uploaded to) media and it searches the body of the post (the post_content) for image files.

It’s possible that themes or plugins use different ways of referencing media to your post. This plugin will not find those.

Can I (have somebody) extend this plugin?

Yes! The plugin features two filter hooks:
* export_query
* export_query_media_ids

Please browse the code to see what they do, I guess export_query_media_ids is easiest to use as it requires you to just add more attachment IDs to an array.


November 29, 2020
Did the job as advertised, nothing more, nothing less. As it should be. Thanks to who ever developed this.
October 27, 2020
Thank you for creating a single and helpful plugin to extent WP default export feature. Can you please take some time to update this helpful plugin for the new WP version? Thanks from the WP community.
June 12, 2020
I had about 226 photos with titles and categories I needed to import and this worked perfectly! The post type was "gallery" on the old website and "project" on the new website so I had to do a find and replace (<category domain="gallery_category", etc.) in the export file. I also have access to my server's PHP editor so I temporarily changed the memory limit, post max size, and max input and the plugin worked like a charm. Thanks so much!!
June 12, 2020
Plugin is just excellent. It imported images in post content with new domain and also imported featured images.
Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night, realizing I had no way to export just the desired media items with the content I was exporting. I found this plugin and now can sleep soundly again. 🙂 It worked great for both posts as well as custom post types, in all the test cases I tried.
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Contributors & Developers

“Export media with selected content” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Stupid debug error fix


  • Added php 7.0 requirement to plugin header
  • Replaced short array notation with full notation so plugin could work on lower php versions (untested)


  • Performance: split queries & prepare attachments_map (props Albitos)
  • Feature: support for [playlist] shortcode
  • Feature: support for Gutenberg Audio and Video blocks
  • Tested with WordPress 5.6.2


  • Feature: support for Gutenberg notation of images and gallery
  • Feature: added export_query_media_ids filter
  • Tested with WordPress 5.2.3


  • Tested with WordPress 5
  • Includes “Uploaded to” media


  • Bugfix when only posts from 1 category must be selected
  • Feature: introduced export_query filter to allow for hooking into this plugin


  • Sanitize input


  • Initial release