I'm trying to format a number in a table cell with comma separators between thousands. The number is coming from a custom field generated in Advanced Custom Fields plugin, where it is required to be a number.

(But I've also tried just entering the number directly in the below examples.)

I'm getting the correct number value, but the formatting isn't working. Plus, I get different results from number_format inside a table cell and outside one.

My number is 429000, retrieved by the_field('price').

Here's what I've tried inside the cell:

<td class="pl-property-price"><?php number_format( the_field('price')); ?> </td>
<td class="pl-property-price"><?php number_format((int) the_field('price')); ?> </td>
<td class="pl-property-price"><?php number_format( intval(the_field('price'))); ?> </td>
<td class="pl-property-price"><?php number_format( the_field('price'), 0, ".", ","); ?> </td>

and some other variations.

No matter what I do, it outputs 429000 without the comma separator.

Now, if I try to echo the value outside the table, using code like this and all the similar variations to the above using

<?php echo number_format(the_field('price')); ?>

I get 4290000 which adds an extra zero.

I'm puzzled.

  • How would like the number to look after formatting?
    – BenB
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 18:45
  • @batz I'm looking for 429,000
    – user41091
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 18:52

3 Answers 3


Seems like the function you using is the the_field function from of ACF which is a function that outputs a string so the formatting number_formatt dosent effect the output.

This code:

 <?php echo number_format(the_field('price')); ?>

The echo does not really print anything, the function the_fields prints the output, that's the reason the number_format function doesn't have any effect on the output.

Try getting the field via different function get_field for example, or you could add the the function the_fields a $format_value argument like you could see in the docs .

This should work:

<?php echo number_format( get_field( 'price' ) ); ?>
  • 1
    That's it. The echo is needed along with the use of get_field rather than the_field. I just discovered as well. Thanks for the help.
    – user41091
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 19:24

In your case you need to use the get_field function instead of the_field.

the_field echos the value, whereas get_field returns a value in which you can pass as the parameter value to the number_format.

<?php echo number_format(get_field('price')); ?>

You can also learn more about number_format

  • get_field(): Returns the value of a specific field.
  • the_field(): Displays the value of a specific field.

The correct snippet looks like this:

<?php echo number_format( get_field( 'price' ) ); ?>

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