Edit this page on Github


rwmb_the_value is a helper function which outputs the HTML of the field.

It’s very helpful in case you want to output a real Google maps for map field, or a player for oembed field.

Unlike rwmb_get_value(), this function always outputs human-readable content. For example, for a checkbox list, it outputs the labels of the choices, not the values.


To display field’s value in your theme, copy the following code and paste it in your theme’s template file:

rwmb_the_value( $field_id );

You can put it in the theme single.php or template-parts/content.php file, depending on your theme structure.


This function accepts 4 arguments as below:

rwmb_the_value( $field_id, $args, $post_id, $echo );
Name Description
$field_id The field ID. Required.
$args Extra arguments for some field types (image, file, etc.). Optional. Can be array or a string in format param1=value1&param2=value2. See more details in field types (on the left menu, section Fields). Optional.
$post_id Post ID that custom fields are get from. Optional. If not present, current post ID is used.
$echo Echo the HTML output (true - default) or return it (false).

Returned value

By default, the function just outputs the HTML content of the field. If you set $echo to false, then it will return the HTML as a string.

For simple fields like text, select, HTML output is just the field value.

For other fields, HTML can be unordered list (checkbox_list), Google maps (map), list of users (user), etc.

Depends on the field types, the output can be different. See more details in field types (on the left menu, section Fields).

Undefined function error

If you’re using rwmb_the_value in your theme, there may be a situation when an admin accidentally deactivate the Meta Box plugin and you will see error “Undefined function rwmb_the_value…” and your site will be broken.

To prevent this problem, a simple fix for that is adding the following code into your theme’s functions.php file:

if ( ! function_exists( 'rwmb_the_value' ) ) {
    function rwmb_the_value( $key, $args = '', $post_id = null, $echo = true ) {
        return false;

Edit this page on Github