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The post field allows you to select one or multiple post (or any custom post type) objects. This field has several settings that can be displayed as a: simple select dropdown, checkbox list, or beautiful select dropdown with select2 library.

If the post type is hierarchical, you can display the field as a select or checkbox tree, e.g. showing children posts when a parent post is selected.



Besides the common settings, this field has the following specific settings, the keys are for use with code:

Post typespost_typePost types to query. Can be a string (for a single post type) or array (for multiple post types). Required.
Query argsquery_argsQuery arguments for getting post objects. Uses same arguments as WP_Query. Optional.
Set as parentparentWhether or not to set the selected post as the parent for the current being edited post? true or false (default).
PlaceholderplaceholderThe placeholder for the select box. Default is "Select a {post label}". Applied only when the field type is a select field.
Field typefield_typeHow the posts are displayed? See below.

This field inherits the look and field (and settings) from other fields, depending on the field type, which accepts the following value:

Field typeDescriptionSettings inherited from
selectSimple select dropdown.Select
select_advancedBeautiful select dropdown using the select2 library. This is the default value.Select advanced
select_treeHierarchical list of select boxes which allows to select multiple items (select/deselect parent item will show/hide child items). Applied only when the post type is hierarchical (like pages).Select
checkbox_listFlatten list of checkboxes which allows to select multiple items.Checkbox list
checkbox_treeHierarchical list of checkboxes which allows to select multiple items (select/deselect parent item will show/hide child items). Applied only when the post type is hierarchical (like pages).Checkbox list
radio_listFlatten list of radio boxes which allows to select only 1 item.Radio

This is a sample field settings array when creating this field with code:

'name' => 'Select a page',
'id' => 'page',
'type' => 'post',
'post_type' => 'page',
'field_type' => 'select_advanced',
'placeholder' => 'Select a page',
'query_args' => [
'post_status' => 'publish',
'posts_per_page' => - 1,

Ajax load

Meta Box uses ajax to increase the performance of the field query. Instead of fetching all posts at once, the plugin now fetches only some posts when the page is loaded, and then it fetches more posts when users scroll down to the list.

See this video for demonstration (the UI of the Meta Box Builder was from the old version, the new version of Meta Box Builder has a better UI):


This feature is available only for fields that set the field type to select advanced. There are some extra parameters for you to disable or customize.

Enable/Disable ajax requests

This feature is enabled by default when you set the field type to "select advanced".

If you're using code to create this field, the settings to enable/disable it is ajax, which accepts a boolean value (and it's true by default):

'id' => 'project',
'title' => 'Project',
'type' => 'post',
'post_type' => 'project',
'ajax' => true,

Setting this parameter to false will disable ajax requests.

Limit the number of posts for pagination

The number of posts for pagination is set via the posts_per_page parameter in the "Query args" setting:

'id' => 'project',
'title' => 'Project',
'type' => 'post',
'post_type' => 'project',
'ajax' => true,
'query_args' => [
'posts_per_page' => 10,

When fetching new posts, the new posts will be appended to the list of options in the dropdown, to make the infinite scroll effect.

Initial load

The number of posts doesn't affect the initial load of the field. When the field is loaded, Meta Box only queries for saved posts (which is usually not many). So the initial query is very minimal and doesn't cause any performance problems.

Searching parameters

You probably don't want to perform an ajax request when opening the dropdown at first. You might want to make ajax requests only when users type something and search for that. To do that, you need to set the minimumInputLength for the input, as below:

'id' => 'project',
'title' => 'Project',
'type' => 'post',
'post_type' => 'project',
'ajax' => true,
'query_args' => [
'posts_per_page' => 10,
'js_options' => [
'minimumInputLength' => 1,

This parameter sets the minimum number of characters required to start a search. It may be good if you don't want users to make too many ajax requests that could harm your server.


This field saves post ID(s) in the database.

If "Multiple" is not set, a single post ID is saved in the database. Otherwise, the field saves multiple post IDs in the database, where each post ID is stored in a single row in the database with the same meta key (similar to what add_post_meta does with the last parameter false).

If the field is cloneable, then the value is stored as a serialized array in a single row in the database.

If "Parent" is set, this field doesn't save any data. Instead, it sets the selected post as the parent for the current being edited post.

Template usage

Getting selected post ID:

<?php $post_id = rwmb_meta( 'my_field_id' ); ?>
<p>Selected post ID: <?= $post_id ?></p>

Getting selected post object:

<?php $post_id = rwmb_meta( 'my_field_id' ); ?>
<?php $post = get_post( $post_id ); ?>
<!-- Show all data from the selected post -->
<?php print_r( $post ); ?>

Displaying selected post title:

<?php $post_id = rwmb_meta( 'my_field_id' ); ?>
<h3><?= get_the_title( $post_id ); ?></h3>

or simpler:

<h3><?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id', ['link' => false] ) ?></h3>

Displaying the selected post with link:

<?php $post_id = rwmb_meta( 'my_field_id' ); ?>
<h3><a href="<?= get_permalink( $post_id ) ?>"><?= get_the_title( $post_id ); ?></a></h3>

or simpler:

<h3><?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id' ) ?></h3>

Additional options for rwmb_the_value():

Using rwmb_the_value also has some extra options as following:

<!-- Displaying the post title without link -->
<?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id', ['link' => false] ) ?>

<!-- Displaying the post title with link to view post (default) -->
<?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id' ) ?>
<?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id', ['link' => 'view'] ) ?>

<!-- Displaying the post title with link to edit post -->
<?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id', ['link' => 'edit'] ) ?>

Displaying multiple selected posts:

If "Multiple" is set or the field is cloneable, you can loop through the returned values like this:

<?php $post_ids = rwmb_meta( 'my_field_id' ); ?>
<h3>Related posts</h3>
<?php foreach ( $post_ids as $post_id ) : ?>
<li><a href="<?= get_permalink( $post_id ) ?>"><?= get_the_title( $post_id ); ?></a></li>
<?php endforeach ?>

of simpler:

<h3>Related posts</h3>
<?php rwmb_the_value( 'my_field_id' ); ?>

rwmb_the_value() automatically output multiple selected posts as an unordered list with links to each post.


rwmb_post_choice_label and rwmb_{$field_id}_choice_label

These filters allow developers to change the label of post fields. The first label applies to all post fields and the second one is for a specific field.

Example: If you are using a field called my_field and you want to change the label, use the code below:

function my_field_filter( $label, $field, $post ) {
return $post->post_title . ' - ' . $post->post_status;
add_filter( 'rwmb_my_field_choice_label', 'my_field_filter', 10, 3 );