As stated here How To Retrieve An Image Attachment's Alt Text?

"Image's 'alt' text is stored as a string in wp_postmeta with the meta_key of '_wp_attachment_image_alt'"

I am using below code to print alt tag of attached image...

<? get_post_meta($post->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true); ?>

But it is not working.

  • Did you try to echo get_post_meta($post->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true); as your code just returns it and not prints it. Sep 21, 2016 at 10:03
  • @AhmedElmahdy yes. i tried that. i forgot to that mentioned because i tried many ways to sort it out. I also tried <?php get_image_tag( $id, $alt, $title, $align, $size ); ?> Sep 21, 2016 at 10:29
  • Can you post please the full code scope where you have tried it and it didn't work? Sep 21, 2016 at 10:30
  • @AhmedElmahdy please check '<a target="_blank" href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><img class="hover-img" style="height:235px; width: 100%;" src="<?php the_post_thumbnail_url(); ?>" alt="<? echo get_post_meta($post->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true); ?>"></a>' Sep 21, 2016 at 10:38
  • Below that code can you test printing $post->ID and tell me what you get? e.g. echo $post->ID; Sep 21, 2016 at 10:39

1 Answer 1


Use below code to get attached image title and alt.

//Get attachment title & alt...
$attachment_title = '';
$attachment_alt = '';

$args = array( 'post_type' => 'attachment', 'numberposts' => 1, 'post_status' => null, 'post_parent' => $post->ID, 'post_mime_type' => 'image'); 
$attachments = get_posts($args);

//If attachments exist...
if($attachments) {

  //Loop until attachments...
  foreach( $attachments as $attachment ) {
    $attachment_title = $attachment->post_title;
    $attachment_alt = get_post_meta($attachment->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true);

Hope this hope you well!

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