I'm trying to get an image for I previously assigned to a category using ACF.

here's what I'm doing:

$category_image = the_field('cat_small', $linkedcat);

where $linkedcat is something like category_280

When I echo $category_image, i see an array, like so:

261, , catsmall, , , http://localhost/current/dpf/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/catsmall.jpg, Array

Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Many thx!


2 Answers 2


Whenever in doubt, consult the documentation and nice plugins like ACF are very well documented.

It depends on how you set the image field, but from this page Field Types -> Image, looks like you set you field to return an object.

Instead of using the_field, which prints the value, you need get_field:

$category_image = get_field('cat_small', $linkedcat);

And then:

$image = $category_image['url'];

Or, if available:

$thumb = $category_image['sizes']['thumbnail'];

Also, instead of echo, use var_dump to debug arrays.


If you want to assign image on your category or taxonomy, I suggest Categories Image Plugin, it will allow you to add image with category or taxonomy.

Use <?php if (function_exists('z_taxonomy_image_url')) echo z_taxonomy_image_url(); ?> to get the url and put it in any img tag in (category or taxonomy) template.

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