get_the_author_meta( string $field = , int|false $user_id = false ): string

Retrieves the requested data of the author of the current post.


Valid values for the $field parameter include:

  • admin_color
  • aim
  • comment_shortcuts
  • description
  • display_name
  • first_name
  • ID
  • jabber
  • last_name
  • nickname
  • plugins_last_view
  • plugins_per_page
  • rich_editing
  • syntax_highlighting
  • user_activation_key
  • user_description
  • user_email
  • user_firstname
  • user_lastname
  • user_level
  • user_login
  • user_nicename
  • user_pass
  • user_registered
  • user_status
  • user_url
  • yim


The user field to retrieve.


User ID. Defaults to the current post author.



string The author’s field from the current author’s DB object, otherwise an empty string.

More Information

If used within The Loop, the user ID need not be specified, it defaults to current post author. A user ID must be specified if used outside The Loop.

get_the_author_meta() returns the data for use programmatically in PHP. To just display it instead, use the_author_meta()

If the specified meta field does not exist for this user, an empty string is returned.

Plugins may add additional fields to the user profile, which in turn adds new key/value pairs to the wp_usermeta database table. This additional data can be retrieved by passing the field’s key to the function as the $field parameter.


function get_the_author_meta( $field = '', $user_id = false ) {
	$original_user_id = $user_id;

	if ( ! $user_id ) {
		global $authordata;
		$user_id = isset( $authordata->ID ) ? $authordata->ID : 0;
	} else {
		$authordata = get_userdata( $user_id );

	if ( in_array( $field, array( 'login', 'pass', 'nicename', 'email', 'url', 'registered', 'activation_key', 'status' ), true ) ) {
		$field = 'user_' . $field;

	$value = isset( $authordata->$field ) ? $authordata->$field : '';

	 * Filters the value of the requested user metadata.
	 * The filter name is dynamic and depends on the $field parameter of the function.
	 * @since 2.8.0
	 * @since 4.3.0 The `$original_user_id` parameter was added.
	 * @param string    $value            The value of the metadata.
	 * @param int       $user_id          The user ID for the value.
	 * @param int|false $original_user_id The original user ID, as passed to the function.
	return apply_filters( "get_the_author_{$field}", $value, $user_id, $original_user_id );


apply_filters( “get_the_author_{$field}”, string $value, int $user_id, int|false $original_user_id )

Filters the value of the requested user metadata.



User Contributed Notes

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    Get the author ID Outside loop:

    global $post;
    $author_id = $post->post_author;

    Get the author ID inside a loop :

     $author_id = get_the_author_meta( 'ID' ); 

    bellow is a few examples of author value :

    // to get  nicename
    get_the_author_meta( 'nicename', $author_id );
    // to get  email
    get_the_author_meta( 'email', $author_id );
    // to get  url
    get_the_author_meta( 'url', $author_id );
    // to get  status
    get_the_author_meta( 'status', $author_id );
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    Using the wpautop() for description will also keep the line break (like in studio-jt’ comment) but will output cleaner html:

     * Display Author's description 
     * with keeping line breaks and wrapping its paragraphs
     * into <p> tag
     * @link
    echo wpautop( get_the_author_meta( 'description' ) );
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    Show a User’s Display Name With Email Address Linked
    Get the email address for user ID 25, and echo it using their display name as the anchor text.

    <p>Email the author: 
        <a href="mailto:<?php echo get_the_author_meta( 'user_email', 25 ); ?>">
            <?php the_author_meta( 'display_name', 25 ); ?>

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