Creating a metabox to upload multiple images

The question:

Is it possible to make a meta box that attaches multiple images to a post?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

That depends entirely on what you mean by “attach.”

Each WordPress post can already have multiple media attachments – photos, documents, etc. You upload these using the built-in uploader and they’ll all be marked as “attached” to that specific post ID.

You can refer to these later programatically elsewhere. For example, the following code will list out all attachments for a specific post (code from Snipplr):

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'attachment',
    'numberposts' => null,
    'post_status' => null,
    'post_parent' => $post->ID
$attachments = get_posts($args);
if ($attachments) {
    foreach ($attachments as $attachment) {
        echo apply_filters('the_title', $attachment->post_title);
        the_attachment_link($attachment->ID, false);

All of this functionality is accessible via the default “Add Media” button to the far right of “Upload/Insert” on the new post screen. After you add one image, you can click “Select Files” again and upload a second image. Then a third. Then a fourth. As many as you want.

Each of these images will be “attached” to the post … even if they’re not inserted into the content.

Method 2

Here is a complete tutorial with source files that do exactly what you want,
You can upload multi images by cloning the input field and also you can preview, delete images with ajax, add multi metaboxes to multiple/different post types and more.

Method 3

I’d also recommend checking out . WPAlchemy is a kick ass “class” (near to a plugin) to easily add custom meta boxes to your site. I use it extensively and have been impressed by the ease of use and commitment of the developer and burgeoning community.

Method 4

Yes it’s quite possible. See a response I got about metaboxes. Basically, you’ll just want to add a hook for save_post and verify the nonce field.

function my_save_post_callback( $post_id, $post )
    if ( empty($_POST) || !isset($_POST['my_custom_metabox']) || !wp_verify_nonce( $_POST['my_custom_metabox'], plugin_basename( __FILE__ ) ) )
        return $post->ID;

    // Handle the upload here

add_action( 'save_post', 'my_save_post_callback', 1, 2);

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