Display product gallery and variation thumbnails in archives

Displays top five images in the product gallery and variations as thumbnails in shop and category pages between featured image and product title.

add_action( 'woocommerce_before_shop_loop_item_title', function() {

	global $product;

	// Begin Accumulator
	$attachment_ids = [];

	// Get Gallery Images
	$attachment_ids = $product->get_gallery_image_ids();

	// Get Variation Images
	if( $product->is_type( 'variable' ) ) {
		$variations = $product->get_available_variations( 'objects' );
		foreach( $variations as $variation ) {
			$image_id = $variation->get_image_id( 'edit' );
			if( $image_id ) {
				$attachment_ids[] = $image_id;

	// Output Five
	echo '<div class="swatches">';
	for( $i = 0; $i < 5; $i ++ ) {
		if( empty( $attachment_ids[$i] ) ) {
		echo wp_get_attachment_image(
			[ 'class' => 'swatch' ]
	echo '</div>';

} );

Instructions for Display product gallery and variation thumbnails in archives

  1. Log into a staging or locally hosted clone of your site.
  2. Install and activate Code Snippets plugin.
  3. WP Admin > Snippets > Add New
  4. Copy and paste the code from the section above.
  5. Check to ensure formatting came over properly.
  6. Customize the code as desired.
  7. Add a meaningful title.
  8. Select whether to run on front-end or back-end (or both).
  9. Click “Save and Activate”.
  10. Test your site to ensure it works.
  11. Disable if any problems, or recover.
  12. Repeat for live environment.

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