Attach PDF files to post with custom metabox file selection

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will create a new metabox within your post editing screen with a select menu listing all PDF files. Adding the second snippet in your wordpress template in the location you wish to display the files URL.



add_action("admin_init", "pdf_init");
add_action('save_post', 'save_pdf_link');
function pdf_init(){
add_meta_box("my-pdf", "PDF Document", "pdf_link", "post", "normal", "low");
function pdf_link(){
global $post;
$custom  = get_post_custom($post->ID);
$link    = $custom["link"][0];
$count   = 0;
echo '<div class="link_header">';
$query_pdf_args = array(
'post_type' => 'attachment',
'post_mime_type' =>'application/pdf',
'post_status' => 'inherit',
'posts_per_page' => -1,
$query_pdf = new WP_Query( $query_pdf_args );
$pdf = array();
echo '<select name="link">';
echo '<option class="pdf_select">SELECT pdf FILE</option>';
foreach ( $query_pdf->posts as $file) {
if($link == $pdf[]= $file->guid){
echo '<option value="'.$pdf[]= $file->guid.'" selected="true">'.$pdf[]= $file->guid.'</option>';
echo '<option value="'.$pdf[]= $file->guid.'">'.$pdf[]= $file->guid.'</option>';
echo '</select><br /></div>';
echo '<p>Selecting a pdf file from the above list to attach to this post.</p>';
echo '<div class="pdf_count"><span>Files:</span> <b>'.$count.'</b></div>';
function save_pdf_link(){
global $post;
if (defined('DOING_AUTOSAVE') && DOING_AUTOSAVE){ return $post->ID; }
update_post_meta($post->ID, "link", $_POST["link"]);
add_action( 'admin_head', 'pdf_css' );
function pdf_css() {
echo '<style type="text/css">
border-top:solid 1px #e5e5e5;
padding:6px 6px 6px 12px;
margin:0px -6px -8px -6px;
-moz-border-radius:0px 0px 6px 6px;
-webkit-border-radius:0px 0px 6px 6px;
border-radius:0px 0px 6px 6px;
.pdf_count span{color:#666;}
function pdf_file_url(){
global $wp_query;
$custom = get_post_custom($wp_query->post->ID);
echo $custom['link'][0];

<? pdf_file_url(); ?>

<a href="<? pdf_file_url(); ?>">My PDF File</a>

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