Adding fields to Menu Items


This guide will demonstrate how to add custom fields to a WordPress Menu Item and how to then modify the Menu Item’s HTML.

Menus are used to organize a group of links (menu items) for your theme to display as navigation. If you are unfamiliar with registering or editing a Menu, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide and Navigation_Menus documentation.

Menu Items are added to a Menu. Learn how to add fields to Menus.


  • Added support for Menu in version 5.6.0

Adding fields

The Advanced Custom Fields plugin makes it very easy to add custom fields to a Menu Item, please follow the steps below.

  1. From the Custom Fields admin screen, click the Add New button to create a new field group.
  2. Add the fields you would like to see when editing a Menu Item
  3. Under Locations, select the Menu Item rule and choose ‘All’ (to show this field group on all menu items) or a specific menu/location (to show this field group only for a specific menu’s items)

Change the Instruction placement setting to ‘Below labels’ to best mimic the WP core UI.

Editing fields

Once you have created a field group and assigned it to appear for a Menu Item edit screen, editing the field values is done by navigating to the Appearance > Menus admin page.

WP stores each Menu Item as a post object in the wp_posts table. ACF will store all custom field values in the wp_postmeta table.

Displaying fields

Customizing the HTML for a WordPress Menu Item can be easily done via the wp_nav_menu_objects filter. This filter is run each time a Menu is rendered (via the wp_nav_menu() function) and allows you to modify the Menu Item objects. Each object contains a title value which is output in each menu link <a> element.

This example shows how to modify all Menu Item objects and append an icon if a value exists for the new ‘icon’ field.


add_filter('wp_nav_menu_objects', 'my_wp_nav_menu_objects', 10, 2);

function my_wp_nav_menu_objects( $items, $args ) {
	// loop
	foreach( $items as &$item ) {
		// vars
		$icon = get_field('icon', $item);
		// append icon
		if( $icon ) {
			$item->title .= ' <i class="fa fa-'.$icon.'"></i>';
	// return
	return $items;


Here is a look at how this may look in your browser. Notice the new icon <i> elements!