xml rpc – Get all posts’ IDs from WordPress blog via xmlrpc request – Education Career Blog

I didn’t find any xmlrpc method call to do it in WordPress codex.
I can get all the posts via metaWeblog.getRecentPosts and extract IDs, but I didn’t exactly know the count of the posts in blog.


There isn’t an XML-RPC method to get all posts, mostly because that could lead to significant performance issues (imaging a blog with 5,000 posts and high traffic … trying to parse a list of everything would cause some serious server lag).

The closest you can get with stock WordPress methods would be with the getRecentPosts calls: blogger.getRecentPosts and metaWeblog.getRecentPosts (the MetaWeblog call is actually just an alias to the Blogger call).

That said, you can create your own method that returns either a count of published posts or a list of the IDs of the published posts. Just create a quick plug-in to hook into the XML-RPC system to add your endpoint and method:

function xml_add_method( $methods ) {
    $methods'myNamespace.postCount' = 'get_post_count';
    $methods'myNamespace.postIDList' = 'get_post_id_list';
    return $methods;
add_filter( 'xmlrpc_methods', 'xml_add_method' );

That code block will add two new calls to your XML-RPC system, myNamespace.postCount and myNamespace.postIDList. You can call these remotely to return a count of published posts and a list of published post IDs, respectively.

You also need to define the PHP functions that will handle the request – all the XML-RPC system does it route remote requests to internal PHP functions that return data:

function get_post_count( $args ) {
    global $wpdb;

    ... code that retrieves the total count of published posts from the database ...

    return $count;

function get_post_id_list( $args ) {
    global $wpdb;

    ... code that retrieves a list of published posts from the database ...

    return $postlist;

That’s it. Pull all the code together into a custom plug-in, place it in your site, activate it, and you can now get a count of published posts or a list of published post IDs via XML-RPC.

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