Query only posts with thumbnails

The issue with the coide for displaying only posts with thumbnails in the past has been that you query the posts type and then put a ‘if has post thumbnail’ conditional in the loop. This means that if you wanted 12 posts and that how many you get in the query, maybe only 6 have thumbnails/featured images.
Then you only display 6 – not the 12 you were after.

A comment posted on this WordPress support thread solves that problem.

following the docu from ‘has_post_thumbnail()’ to this:

shows that the thumbnails are stored in a custom field with the key ‘_thumbnail_id’

then use the custom field parameter of query_posts()

query to get only posts with thumbnail:

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1; // pagination

$args = array(
'posts_per_page' => -1, // optional to overwrite the dashboard setting
'paged' => $paged,
'meta_key' => '_thumbnail_id'
query_posts($args); 	?></code></pre>


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