MB Term Meta

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MB Term Meta helps you to add custom fields to taxonomies.

category custom fields


Creating custom meta boxes for taxonomies is similar to posts. The only difference is you need to specify taxonomies settings which the meta box will be added to:

add_filter( 'rwmb_meta_boxes', 'prefix_register_taxonomy_meta_boxes' );
function prefix_register_taxonomy_meta_boxes( $meta_boxes ){
    $meta_boxes[] = array(
        'title'      => 'Standard Fields',
        'taxonomies' => 'category', // THIS: List of taxonomies. Array or string

        'fields' => array(
                'name' => 'Featured?',
                'id'   => 'featured',
                'type' => 'checkbox',
                'name' => 'Featured Content',
                'id'   => 'featured_content',
                'type' => 'wysiwyg',
                'name' => 'Featured Image',
                'id'   => 'image_advanced',
                'type' => 'image_advanced',
                'name' => 'Color',
                'id'   => 'color',
                'type' => 'color',
    return $meta_boxes;


mb term meta


WordPress provides an identical way to store values in the meta tables for post / term / user. This extension utilizes that API and stores field value in the term meta exactly like post meta.

Getting field value

You’re able to use helper function rwmb_meta() to get field value for terms.

$value = rwmb_meta( $field_id, ['object_type' => 'term'], $term_id );
echo $value;


  • In the 2nd parameter, you need to pass 'object_type' => 'term', and
  • In the last parameter, you need to pass the term ID

To get the $term_id for the current category/term page, please use the function get_queried_object_id(). So the statement look like this:

$term_id = get_queried_object_id();
$value = rwmb_meta( $field_id, ['object_type' => 'term'], $term_id );
echo $value;

Other parameters are the same as for post. Please see this documentation for details.

It requires the extension version 1.1+ to use the helper function. If you’re using an older version, please update now.

In case you use an older version than 1.1, you can get fiel value manually:

$meta = get_term_meta( $term_id, $field_id, true );
echo $meta;

// Or use this code if field has multiple value
$meta = get_term_meta( $term_id, $field_id, false );
foreach ( $meta as $value ) {
    echo $value;

Note that the get_term_meta function returns only raw data of field value. It doesn’t return meaningful information for images, file, etc. To do that, please add a small piece of code as follow:

// Getting images
$image_ids = get_term_meta( $term_id, $field_id, false ); // Media fields are always multiple.
foreach ( $image_ids as $image_id ) {
    $image = RWMB_Image_Field::file_info( $image_id, array( 'size' => 'thumbnail' ) );
    echo '<img src="' . $image['url'] . '">';

These are some helper functions that you can use to retrieve more info:

Field type Helper function(s)
image, image_advanced, plupload_image, thickbox_image wp_get_attachment_image_src()
  RWMB_Image_Field::file_info( $image_id, $args ); (where $args is an array and accepts only size attribute)
file, file_advanced get_attached_file()
  RWMB_File_Field::file_info( $image_id );
oembed RWMB_OEmbed_Field::get_embed( $url );
taxonomy, taxonomy_advanced get_term()
user get_userdata()
post get_post()

Read more on how field values are saved into the database.

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