When adding a metabox, i.e.:

    'Metabox Title',
    array( 'foo' => $var1, 'bar' => $var2)

how do I add a class to it for css styling? I'd like to avoid having to call each id in the style rule for metaboxes that contain elements having the same style.

2 Answers 2


Just add the class to the markup you are generating in the callback.

  • simple, as there's no built-in way to do this yet. i'll just wrap my metabox content in a classd div. thanks, @KDM
    – Ana Ban
    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:01

Let's say you want a class for the excerpt box. Then you can do:


function add_metabox_classes($classes) {
    return $classes;

With this method you need to add a filter for every box u need to add a class for. The filter is applied in the function postbox_classes in wp-admin/includes/post.php

In general the hook is postbox_classes_{$page}_{$id} where $page is the page identifier (e.g. 'post' for posts and (presumably) 'custom-post-type' for posts of type 'custom-post-type'). $id refers to the ID of the metabox, automatically assigned for 'default' metaboxes or specified in add_meta_box.

DOCS: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/postbox_classes_page_id/

  • this is awesome. but i'd have to admit it'll be much simpler if i just wrap my metabox output in a classd div. thanks so much for the answer, though @offroff you rock.
    – Ana Ban
    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:00
  • 2
    +1. Just added the general hook. I've not look closely at the source code, but I believe the $page variable, at least for post-edit screens, is the post type. Apr 22, 2012 at 11:19
  • Yup can confirm when working on a custom post type that you need to supply the post type in place of {$page} - postbox_classes_posttype_metaboxid
    – rmorse
    Apr 11, 2015 at 16:53

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