Get custom post_type’s archive URL

The question:

It seems like stupid question. But, I can’t figure it out :(.

I need to display button at home that goes to custom post_type’s archive URL (archive-{post_type}.php). How do I do that?

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

Hi @Silent:

Turns out there is a function in WordPress 3.1 that does exactly what you want and it is named get_post_type_archive_link(); here’s how you’d call it (assuming a custom post type named 'product'):

<a href="<?php echo get_post_type_archive_link('product'); ?>" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">Products</a>

Below is my prior answer before I discovered that WordPress did indeed have a function built-in for this use case.

Prior Answer:

Unless I overlooked something in the core source code for WordPress 3.1 I think you are looking for a function like get_archive_link() which you might call like this (assuming a custom post type named 'product'):

<a href="<?php echo get_archive_link('product'); ?>" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">Products</a>

And here’s the source code which you can place into your theme’s function.php file or in a .php file for a plugin you might be writing:

if (!function_exists('get_archive_link')) {
  function get_archive_link( $post_type ) {
    global $wp_post_types;
    $archive_link = false;
    if (isset($wp_post_types[$post_type])) {
      $wp_post_type = $wp_post_types[$post_type];
      if ($wp_post_type->publicly_queryable)
        if ($wp_post_type->has_archive && $wp_post_type->has_archive!==true)
          $slug = $wp_post_type->has_archive;
        else if (isset($wp_post_type->rewrite['slug']))
          $slug = $wp_post_type->rewrite['slug'];
          $slug = $post_type;
      $archive_link = get_option( 'siteurl' ) . "/{$slug}/";
    return apply_filters( 'archive_link', $archive_link, $post_type );

I was actually working on this exact logic over the weekend although I’m not yet 100% sure the order of the logic is generically correct across all use-cases that WordPress might see although it will probably work for any specific site.

This is also a great thing to suggest be added to WordPress via trac which I think I will do later this evening.

Method 2

when you register post type you can pass a string as slug with “has_archive” parameter and make sure you also set rewrite to either true or an array but not false
and then your CPT archive URL would be for example

if you set in your register_post_type for example:

$args = array(
    'labels' => $labels,
    'public' => true,
    'publicly_queryable' => true,
    'show_ui' => true, 
    'show_in_menu' => true, 
    'query_var' => true,
    'rewrite' => 'product',
    'capability_type' => 'post',
    'has_archive' => 'products', 
    'hierarchical' => false,
    'menu_position' => null,
    'supports' => array('title','editor','author','thumbnail','excerpt','comments')

then your single url is:
and your archive url is:

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