How to add the Divi Builder AND Divi Library to ANY CPT

May 15, 2017 | Divi, PHP, Themes, Time Savers, Tutorials, Wordpress | 10 comments

I’ve been working on the Divi Cloud project for a month or two now and am optimising the server side of things. A side that no one except me cares about although something that really matters to those who use the service. The server plugin keeps things fast and effective and so it’s rather important. Data entry for us into the Divi United site is laborious at present and so I wanted to do something about this. I won’t go into detail about exactly what it does and doesn’t do (trade secrets and all that) however. I did come across the need to use the Divi Builder on a custom post type (CPT).

This method has been publicised heavily by various bloggers.. some doing it the ‘right way’ and others missing the point entirely… such is the nature of the web! I came across an official Elegant Themes blog post from mid 2016 explaining how to do it and in the comments someone asked why their Divi Library items are not showing in the CPT. The reason given was that CPTs have their own library (sort of) and as such those library items made for posts/pages can therefore not be used for a CPT.. such as projects or products.

So. I did what I always do and went digging around the code. As it turns out I needed the Divi Library to load in layouts and therefore needed to work around this limitation. I found it within a few minutes. Using a simple filter you can make the CPT think that it needs to pull from the post/page library instead of it’s own. This is in no way a perfect solution but seems to be bug/error free and gets your library items to show in the CPT.. or it did for me at least.

So the original code to enable the builder on the post type is as follows:

function sb_et_builder_post_types( $post_types ) {
 $post_types[] = 'your-cpt';
 return $post_types;
add_filter( 'et_builder_post_types', 'sb_et_builder_post_types' );

And the code to make the Divi Library ‘work’ is this:

add_filter( 'et_pb_show_all_layouts_built_for_post_type', 'sb_et_pb_show_all_layouts_built_for_post_type' );

function sb_et_pb_show_all_layouts_built_for_post_type() {
 return 'page';

Add both to your child theme functions.php file and you should instantly see the results!

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  1. gdrayson

    Your knowledge of Divi is getting so good that soon Elegant Themes will be asking you questions 🙂

  2. googlereu

    I care about the server side, honest!

  3. Darren Woodley

    Nice work!

  4. Liza

    Thank you for this! Been pulling my hair out over this one.

  5. Sohaib Aziz

    Wow seriously you rock Man !

  6. David Klhufek

    Thank you, this code allows me now using Divi Builder on Custom post types so easily. Well done!

  7. paulovsky (@paulovsky)

    thank you!

  8. Jeff Sayre

    You can also add support for the new Divi Visual Builder in your CPTs by hooking an additional filter call to the first function above. Using your function as an example, you’d add this filter call on its own line:

    add_filter( ‘et_fb_post_types’,’sb_et_builder_post_types’ );

    • Jon

      Jeff, should the et_fb_post_types actually be et_vb_post_types with a V?

  9. Jon

    Sean, how do we add an additional post type to the list? Duplicate this? $post_types[] = ‘your-cpt’;


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