Last updated Feb 17, 2022


Displays the value of a specific field.

Intuitive and powerful, this function can be used to output the value of any field from any location. Please note this function is the same as echo get_field().


the_field($selector, [$post_id], [$format_value]);
  • $selector (string) (Required) The field name or field key.
  • $post_id (mixed) (Optional) The post ID where the value is saved. Defaults to the current post.
  • $format_value (bool) (Optional) Whether to apply formatting logic. Defaults to true.


Display a value from the current post

This example shows how to display the value of field "text_field" from the current post.

<h2><?php the_field('text_field'); ?></h2>

Display a value from a specific post

This example shows how to display the value of field "text_field" from the post with ID = 123.

<h2><?php the_field('text_field', 123); ?></h2>

Check if value exists

This example shows how to check if a value exists before displaying it.

<?php if( get_field('text_field') ): ?>
    <h2><?php the_field('text_field'); ?></h2>
<?php endif; ?>

Get a value from different objects

This example shows a variety of valid $post_id values that specify where the value is saved.

$post_id = false;           // current post
$post_id = 123;             // post ID = 123
$post_id = "user_123";      // user ID = 123
$post_id = "term_123";      // term ID = 123
$post_id = "category_123";  // same as above
$post_id = "option";        // options page
$post_id = "options";       // same as above

the_field( 'my_field', $post_id );


Prior to ACF 5.11, the_field() could be used to display the values of options or meta for items not associated with ACF fields. This had security implications as site options could be exposed. the_field() also could display values of fields that are no longer registered with ACF.

This was updated in ACF 5.11, see the Updates to ACF Field Functions in 5.11 resource for more info.