Search Replace in Database with $wpdb


Introduction Introduction

$wpdb is a global variable which is the Abstraction Object to Access the Database. With the help of $wpdb we can perform the database operation in WordPress. We can perform different database operations.

In this article, I am going to share you how we can use $wpdb to update the URLs from the content.

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Issue Issue

Let’s assume that we have a below content:

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In the above content, there are two links these are below:


And we want to replace it with below links:


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Solution Solution

Now, Create an array that contains the source URL as key and destination URL as value. Like:

$url_remap = array(
'' => '',
'' => '',

Now, Use foreach and replace the links with $wpdb as below:

global $wpdb;

foreach ( $url_remap as $from_url => $to_url ) {

// Replace the URLs from the `post_content`
$query = $wpdb->prepare( "UPDATE {$wpdb->posts} SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, %s, %s)", $from_url, $to_url );
$wpdb->query( $query );

$query = $wpdb->prepare( "UPDATE {$wpdb->postmeta} SET meta_value = REPLACE(meta_value, %s, %s) WHERE meta_key='enclosure'", $from_url, $to_url );
$result = $wpdb->query( $query );

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