How to get images from posts (and videos)

Post thumbs on your home page or category archives look very snazzy.

Here is a function you can put into your theme functions.php and call it in your index or archive templates, to show the thumbnail image extracted from the post.

This is a quick and simple hack. The function will just get the url of the image, or in case you use Smart Youtube plugin the representing image of the video. That means you still need to resize it with CSS or create and save thumbnail. WordPress 2.9 will include a function for this but it won't retrieve youtube thumbnails.

function get_image($text)

preg_match('/<\s*img [^\>]*src\s*=\s*[\""\']?([^\""\'>]*)/i' ,  $text, $matches);

if (!$imageurl)
 preg_match("/([a-zA-Z0-9\-\_]+\.|)youtube\.com\/watch(\?v\=|\/v\/)([a-zA-Z0-9\-\_]{11})([^<\s]*)/", $text, $matches2);
 $youtubeurl = $matches2[0];
 if ($youtubeurl)
    $imageurl = "{$matches2[3]}/1.jpg"; 
return $imageurl;

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  1. Feb 13th, 2010 4:52 PM

    Hi Vladimir,
    I'm trying to get the function to work, but I'm quite new to php and functions so can you be a littlebit more specific how I should implement it?
    Should I put something in between the parenthesis and if so, what exactly?
    Hope you can help me! Thanks.

  2. Oct 19th, 2009 11:54 AM

    Oh... I've never thought we coulg get images from video.