I need to find all the meta keys or meta boxes preferably from just a post type ...couldn't find any wordpress function to do this. Any custom queries?


get_post_custom will return all the meta_key => meta_value pairs for a given post. It returns the fields in sort of a weird format, however.


$meta = get_post_custom(1);

$meta would be...

   'some_meta_key' => array(

Unless you mean get all meta for all posts in a given post type, for that you'll need a custom query.

function wpse65225_get_all_meta($type)
    global $wpdb;

    $res = $wpdb->get_results($wpdb->prepare(
        "SELECT post_id, meta_key, meta_value FROM {$wpdb->postmeta} WHERE post_id IN
        (SELECT ID FROM {$wpdb->posts} WHERE post_type = %s)", $type
    ), ARRAY_A);

    return $res;
  • Hey thanks for replying...What I have is a meta box set for a particular custom post type...So I just wanted to grab the meta field keys that custom post type supports..I don't need to work with post ids...just the post type.. Any ideas? – Poulomi Nag Sep 16 '12 at 12:28
  • post types can support any meta keys. The metadata api doesn't restrict anything like that. There are meta keys that the core uses, but they aren't really documented. – chrisguitarguy Sep 16 '12 at 14:20

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