File Advanced

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The file advanced field uses WordPress media popup for selecting / uploading files. You can also reorder files.


file advanced


Besides the common settings, this field has the following specific settings:

Name Description
max_file_uploads Max number of uploaded files. Optional.
force_delete Whether or not delete the files from Media Library when deleting them from post meta. true or false (default). Optional. Note: it might affect other posts if you use same file for multiple posts.
mime_type MIME type of files which we want to show in Media Library. Note: this is a filter for items in Media popup, it doesn’t restrict file types when upload.
max_status Display how many files uploaded/remaining. Applied only when max_file_uploads is defined. true (default) or false. Optional.

Note that the multiple setting is always set to true for this field.

Sample code

    'id'               => 'file',
    'name'             => 'File Advanced',
    'type'             => 'file_advanced',

    // Delete file from Media Library when remove it from post meta?
    // Note: it might affect other posts if you use same file for multiple posts
    'force_delete'     => false,

    // Maximum file uploads.
    'max_file_uploads' => 2,

    // File types.
    // 'mime_type'        => 'application,audio,video',

    // Do not show how many files uploaded/remaining.
    'max_status'       => 'false',


Similar to file field, this field saves multiple values (attachment IDs) in the database. Each value (attachment ID) is stored in a single row in the database with the same meta key (similar to what add_post_meta does with last parameter false).

Template usage

To get the uploaded files, use the helper function rwmb_meta():

$files = rwmb_meta( 'field_id' );
foreach ( $files as $file ) {
    <a href="<?php echo $file['url']; ?>"><?php echo $file['name']; ?></a>

This helper function returns an array of files, each file has the following information:

    'ID'    => 123,
    'name'  => 'intro.txt',
    'path'  => '/var/www/wp-content/uploads/intro.txt',
    'url'   => '',
    'title' => 'Introduction',

In case you want to get only 1 file, use the limit parameter for the helper function:

$files = rwmb_meta( 'field_id', array( 'limit' => 1 ) );
$file = reset( $files );
<a href="<?php echo $file['url']; ?>">Download File</a>

If you only want to display uploaded files in an unordered list, you can just use the rwmb_the_value():

rwmb_the_value( $field_id );

which outputs:

    <li><a href="link/to/file/">File 1</li>
    <li><a href="link/to/file/">File 2</li>

Read more about rwmb_meta() and rwmb_the_value().


This field has some filters to change the texts displayed on the screen..

Filter Default Description
rwmb_media_add_string + Add Media Add new file string
rwmb_media_single_files_string file Singular “file” string
rwmb_media_multiple_files_string files Plural “files” string
rwmb_media_remove_string Remove File remove string
rwmb_media_edit_string Edit File edit string
rwmb_media_view_string View File view string

The code below changes the “+ Add Media” string:

add_filter( 'rwmb_media_add_string', 'prefix_change_add_string' );
function prefix_change_add_string() {
    return '+ New File';

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