In my functions I'm registering multiple metaboxes with custom fields. A single metabox array for instance, looks like this:

In functions.php

$meta_boxes[] = array(
    'id' => 'general_info',
    'title' => 'General Information',
    'pages' => array('post', 'page', 'link'), // multiple post types, accept custom post types
    'context' => 'normal', // normal, advanced, side (optional)
    'priority' => 'high', // high, low (optional)
    'fields' => array(
            'name' => 'Asking Price',
            'id' => $prefix . 'asking_price',
            'type' => 'text',
            'std' => ''
            'name' => 'Currency',
            'id' => $prefix . 'currency',
            'type' => 'text',
            'std' => 'USD'
            'name' => 'Salesman',
            'id' => $prefix . 'salesman',
            'type' => 'text',
            'std' => 'Your Name'

In my theme, how can get all the field names (and even values if possible) from metabox general_info ? I'm trying to retrieve data from each metabox separately.

2 Answers 2


Use get_post_custom, it will return an array of all the posts meta info. http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_post_custom

  • Thanks but I need post meta for metabox named "general_info" only. I have many metaboxes Dec 5, 2011 at 4:09
  • Then use get_post_meta with the key being "general_info".
    – Wyck
    Dec 5, 2011 at 4:52
  • that will give me the key for the meta value not all the fields in the array. I'm having trouble finding a solution for this. Maybe I'm not explaining right Dec 7, 2011 at 21:52

you have to return metabox. place the below code at the end

return $metaboxes;

This will solve your problem

  • And why would this work? Please explain your suggestion. And BTW, it's $meta_boxes.
    – tfrommen
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:18
  • We need to return an array to retrieve data from metabox, which u saved as an array. Mar 1, 2014 at 6:53

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