• get_field($field_name, $post_id, $format_value);


$field_name(string) The name of the field you are requesting. When setting up your field group, this is the "Field Name" setting.
$post_id(integer) This is the ID of the post that you are requesting the field name from. This can also be 'options' or a taxonomy reference. This can be left blank when inside of the WordPress loop, if requesting the current post/page ID.
$format_valueDetermine if you want to format the value loaded from the database. Defaults to true. Not required.


get_field() vs. the_field()

the_field() automatically displays the field value on your page, where get_field() does not. Use get_field() when assigning field values to variables, or when manipulating the returned content in your code.

Simple Example

<?php echo get_field('my_field_name'); ?>

This will echo the value of the field "my_field_name" from the current post.

Get Field Value from a Different Post

<?php echo get_field('my_field_name', 123); ?>

This will echo the value of "my_field_name" from the post with 123 as its ID.

Get Field Value from an Options Page

<?php echo get_field('my_field_name', 'option'); ?>

This will echo the value of "my_field_name" from the options page created via ACF.

Check if Field Exists

<?php if( get_field('my_field_name') ){ ?>
    <?php echo get_field('my_field_name'); ?>
<?php }; ?> 

This will only show the field if content exists depending on content type (i.e., an image is uploaded to the field, text is entered, it is selected, etc.).

Sanitize get_field() output

It's a good idea to sanitize get_field() output, especially when using Advanced Custom Fields fields front end (with acf_form()). Otherwise your site is likely vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks (XSS).

The following function lets you use

echo get_field_escaped('my_custom_field', $post_id, true);

instead of

echo get_field('my_custom_field', $post_id, true);

The function uses esc_html as default, but let's you change this as a fourth parameter

echo get_field_escaped('url', $post_id, true, 'esc_url');

Add the following to functions.php to enable the function:

 * Helper function to get escaped field from ACF
 * and also normalize values.
 * @param $field_key
 * @param bool $post_id
 * @param bool $format_value
 * @param string $escape_method esc_html / esc_attr or NULL for none
 * @return array|bool|string
function get_field_escaped($field_key, $post_id = false, $format_value = true, $escape_method = 'esc_html')
    $field = get_field($field_key, $post_id, $format_value);
    /* Check for null and falsy values and always return space */
    if($field === NULL || $field === FALSE)
        $field = '';
    /* Handle arrays */
        $field_escaped = array();
        foreach($field as $key => $value)
            $field_escaped[$key] = ($escape_method === NULL) ? $value : $escape_method($value);
        return $field_escaped;
        return ($escape_method === NULL) ? $field : $escape_method($field);


More about the different sanitization options in the WordPress Codex:

Get Field With Radio Buttons

Here's an example on how to use ACF to output differently based on options (color selections in this case). While you can use <?php echo get_field('color_options'); ?> to output the value directly, you can also change the markup depending on the selection.

<?php $option = get_field('color_options'); ?>
    <?php if( $option == 'red' ){ ?>
    <?php } else if( $option == 'blue' ){ ?>
    <?php } else if( $option == 'green' ){ ?>
    <?php } else if( $option == 'yellow' ){ ?>

<?php } ?>