This Documentation is for SearchWP Version 3

Link to file instead of Attachment page

By default, Media returned in search results will link to an Attachment page. Many themes do not have useful templates for Media and very often it makes sense to link directly to the file itself instead.

See also: Link to PDF instead of Attachment page

To customize your search results template to link directly to Media files instead of an Attachment page, add the following to your theme’s functions.php:

// Link directly to Media files instead of Attachment pages in search results
function my_search_media_direct_link( $permalink, $post = null ) {
if ( ( is_search() || doing_action( 'wp_ajax_searchwp_live_search' )
|| doing_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_searchwp_live_search' ) )
&& 'attachment' === get_post_type( $post ) ) {
$permalink = wp_get_attachment_url( $post );
return esc_url( $permalink );
add_filter( 'the_permalink', 'my_search_media_direct_link', 99, 2 );
add_filter( 'attachment_link', 'my_search_media_direct_link', 99, 2 );
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