register_rest_field( string|array $object_type, string $attribute, array $args = array() )

Registers a new field on an existing WordPress object type.

Description Description

Parameters Parameters


(string|array) (Required) Object(s) the field is being registered to, "post"|"term"|"comment" etc.


(string) (Required) The attribute name.


(array) (Optional) An array of arguments used to handle the registered field.

  • 'get_callback'
    (string|array|null) Optional. The callback function used to retrieve the field value. Default is 'null', the field will not be returned in the response.
  • 'update_callback'
    (string|array|null) Optional. The callback function used to set and update the field value. Default is 'null', the value cannot be set or updated.
  • 'schema'
    (string|array|null) Optional. The callback function used to create the schema for this field. Default is 'null', no schema entry will be returned.

Default value: array()

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/rest-api.php

function register_rest_field( $object_type, $attribute, $args = array() ) {
	$defaults = array(
		'get_callback'    => null,
		'update_callback' => null,
		'schema'          => null,

	$args = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );

	global $wp_rest_additional_fields;

	$object_types = (array) $object_type;

	foreach ( $object_types as $object_type ) {
		$wp_rest_additional_fields[ $object_type ][ $attribute ] = $args;

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Version Description
4.7.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Nate Finch

    An example to add all of the post meta to a post-meta-fields field:

    add_action( 'rest_api_init', 'create_api_posts_meta_field' );
    function create_api_posts_meta_field() {
    	// register_rest_field ( 'name-of-post-type', 'name-of-field-to-return', array-of-callbacks-and-schema() )
    	register_rest_field( 'post', 'post-meta-fields', array(
    	       'get_callback'    => 'get_post_meta_for_api',
    	       'schema'          => null,
    function get_post_meta_for_api( $object ) {
    	//get the id of the post object array
    	$post_id = $object['id'];
    	//return the post meta
     	return get_post_meta( $post_id );

    This can be extended or edited. For example, if you don’t want to include all the post meta, you can filter it, or return only the field you need. The options are limitless, but the callback gives you access to the post object, which exposes the id among other parameters, so you can use many different helper functions.

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