GET /sites/$site/media/$media_ID

Return a single media item (by ID)

Resource URL

Type URL and Format

Method Parameters

Parameter Type Description
$site (int|string) The site ID, The site domain
$media_ID (int) The ID of the media item

Query Parameters

Parameter Type Description
context (string)
(default) Formats the output as HTML for display. Shortcodes are parsed, paragraph tags are added, etc..
Formats the output for editing. Shortcodes are left unparsed, significant whitespace is kept, etc..
http_envelope (bool)
Some environments (like in-browser Javascript or Flash) block or divert responses with a non-200 HTTP status code. Setting this parameter will force the HTTP status code to always be 200. The JSON response is wrapped in an "envelope" containing the "real" HTTP status code and headers.
pretty (bool)
Output pretty JSON
meta (string) Optional. Loads data from the endpoints found in the 'meta' part of the response. Comma separated list. Example: meta=site,likes
fields (string) Optional. Returns specified fields only. Comma separated list. Example: fields=ID,title
callback (string) An optional JSONP callback function.

Response Parameters

Parameter Type Description
id (int) The ID of the media item
date (iso 8601 datetime) The date the media was uploaded
parent (int) ID of the post this media is attached to
link (string) URL to the file
title (string) File name
caption (string) User provided caption of the file
description (string) Description of the file
metadata (array) Misc array of information about the file, such as exif data or sizes



curl ''



$options  = array (
  'http' => 
  array (
    'ignore_errors' => true,

$context  = stream_context_create( $options );
$response = file_get_contents(
$response = json_decode( $response );


Response Body

    "id": "36",
    "date": "2014-04-08T05:14:47+00:00",
    "parent": 0,
    "link": "https:\/\/\/2014\/04\/screen-shot-2014-04-08-at-1-14-39-am.png",
    "title": "Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 1.14.39 AM",
    "caption": "",
    "description": "",
    "metadata": {
        "width": 1124,
        "height": 182,
        "file": "\/home\/wpcom\/public_html\/wp-content\/blogs.dir\/96d\/2916284\/files\/2014\/04\/screen-shot-2014-04-08-at-1-14-39-am.png",
        "sizes": [

        "image_meta": {
            "aperture": 0,
            "credit": "",
            "camera": "",
            "caption": "",
            "created_timestamp": 0,
            "copyright": "",
            "focal_length": 0,
            "iso": 0,
            "shutter_speed": 0,
            "title": ""
    "meta": {
        "links": {
            "self": "https:\/\/\/rest\/v1\/sites\/2916284\/media\/36",
            "help": "https:\/\/\/rest\/v1\/sites\/2916284\/media\/36\/help",
            "site": "https:\/\/\/rest\/v1\/sites\/2916284"