Without UI settings, filter search results by custom fields

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    I’m probably missing something obvious, but I have the following use case:

    – I have a ajax_search_pro shortcode which displays a searchbar
    – I want to ensure that all post results returned by the search are filtered according to some filter on the custom fields of the post
    – I don’t want this to be an option from the user interface — the user should have no control over this
    – My use case involves filtering results based on post metadata, according to some dynamically generated value.

    What I want to enable is functionality like this, in a template:

    <div class="projects-container">
        <?php echo do_shortcode('[wpdreams_ajaxsearchpro id=2]'); ?>
        $current_user_id = get_current_user_id(); // Get the current user ID
        $user_uuid = get_user_meta($current_user_id, 'user-uuid', true);
        // What I want is for search results to be filteres such that the the returned posts have a custom field user-uuid = $user_uuid

    I have similar use cases for other custom fields.

    Thanks in advance for your help!



    Please disregard!

    I found the answer in the documentation itself, apologies.

    The solution was to write a plugin, as below, corresponding to my above use case:

    add_filter("asp_query_args", "filter_search_by_user_uuid", 10, 2);
    function filter_search_by_user_uuid($args, $search_id) {
        // Replace '2' with the ID of your specific search bar
        $target_search_id = 2;
        if ($search_id != $target_search_id) {
            // If this isn't the target search bar, don't modify the query
            return $args;
        // Get the current user ID and retrieve their UUID
        $current_user_id = get_current_user_id();
        $user_uuid = get_user_meta($current_user_id, 'user-uuid', true);
        // Check if user UUID is available
        if ($user_uuid) {
            // Add a post meta filter to the query arguments
            $args['post_meta_filter'] = array(
                    'key'       => 'user-uuid',
                    'value'     => $user_uuid,
                    'operator'  => '=',
                    'allow_missing' => false
        return $args;
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