I’m writing code for a wordpress plugin of mine, and needed for the get_posts() function to return ALL posts. Here’s what I was using before:

$args = array(
‘post_type’ => ‘post’,
‘post_status’ => ‘publish’,
);
$posts = get_posts($args);

According to the wordpress documentation, the ‘posts_per_page’ option for this function has a default value of 5, meaning you’ll get at most 5 results back. I looked to see if there was a way to show all posts, and I couldn’t find it documented anywhere.

However, I did see some people provide code that had that value set at -1. I thought it might be a way of specifying no limit, so I tried it, and it’s working. Here’s what I use now:

$args = array(
‘post_type’ => ‘post’,
‘post_status’ => ‘publish’,
‘posts_per_page’ => -1
);
$posts = get_posts($args);

It may not be a documented features, but it’s working for now. Give it a shot if you’re looking to have get_posts() return an unlimited number of posts.

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Shane is the creator of Page Speed Analytics tool MachMetrics. You can follow his entrepreneurial activities on his blog SideProjectProfit

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