Mehdi Mehdi - 10 months ago 53
PHP Question

How to get posts filtered by custom field that is post object type?

I want to get posts of an specific post type where those have custom field with type of post type.

I have post type named "tour", and tour post type has custom field named "country" that its type is Post Object.

The query for get all tours that their country is "Turkey":

$located_tours = get_posts(array(
'numberposts' => -1,
'post_type' => 'tour',
'meta_query' => array(
'key' => 'country',
'title' => 'Turkey',
'compare' => 'LIKE'

But this query return all tours without any filtering on Country

Anyone have any idea?

Answer Source

First of all, meta_query expects nested arrays, so it's not:

'meta_query'  => array(
    'key'    => THE_KEY,
    'value'  => THE_VALUE,


'meta_query' => array(
        'key'     => THE_KEY,
        'value'   => THE_VALUE,

Note that compare isn't necessary in your case as its default value is =.

Anyway, you have a conceptual mistake here. If you are using ACF and your country custom field type is Post Object, the value for this field stored in the database is not title but the related post ID (either your Return Format is Post Object or Post ID).

Something like that (in your wp_postmetatable):

wp_postmeta detail

So, you need to query by country's ID, not country's Title. You could use get_page_by_title to retrieve your desired country ID:

// Assuming your Country's CPT slug is 'country'
$country = get_page_by_title( 'Turkey', 'OBJECT', 'country' );

$tours_args = array(
    'posts_per_page'    => -1,
    'post_type'         => 'tour',
    'meta_query'        => array(
            'key'   => 'country',
            'value' => $country->ID

$located_tours = get_posts( $tours_args );

Hope this helps!