Before installing the extension, you need to install Meta Box plugin first.

  1. Go to Plugins → Add New and search for Meta Box
  2. Click Install Now button to install the plugin
  3. After installing, click Activate Plugin to activate the plugin

The extension is just a WordPress plugin, you can install it like a normal WordPress plugin.

  1. Go to Plugins, click Add new, then click Upload plugin.
  2. Choose the .zip file you downloaded and click Install now
  3. After finishing upload, click Activate to finish.


Like the Meta Box plugin, Conditional Logic was created without any options. You can start using it right after activating.


If you’re confused whilst reading this tutorial. Please refer to Registering Meta Box

#The example

Let’s say we have a Meta Box with two fields, for example.

#Basic Syntax

A conditional statement syntax can be defined like so:

visibility => [field, operator, value]

visibility: visible or hidden
field: Meta Box Field or any HTML DOM element to compare.
operator (optional): Comparison Operators: =, >=, <=, >, <, !=, in, between, starts with, ends with, match. All of them can combine with not operator to become negate operator. Default: = value: Value to compare with. Assume that you have two fields: – A Select field named ‘brand’ contains 3 items: “Apple”, “Microsoft” and “Google”, – Another field named ‘apple_products’ contains 4 items: “iPhone”, “iPad”, “Macbook”, “iWatch” Let hide apple_products when brand isn’t Apple. You can define conditional logic like this:

'hidden' => ['brand', '!=', 'Apple']

or, you can rewrite it by IN statement, like so:

'hidden' => ['brand', 'in', ['Microsoft', 'Google']]

Two above examples can be rewrite by visible key, like so:

'visible' => ['brand', '=', 'Apple']
// Can be dead simpler like so:
'visible' => ['brand', 'Apple']
'visible' => ['brand', 'not in', ['Microsoft', 'Google']]

With above examples, you can see that we use ‘!=’, ‘in’, ‘=’, ‘not in’ operators, let’s try with other examples:

#With contains operator
// contains can checks with string if it contains another string
'visible' => ['brand', 'contains', 'pp'] // match with A[pp]le
// contains can even checks with, an array if it contains another array or string. For instance, if `brand` is a multiple field (checkbox list, select multiple...), it returns an array, then you can check if user selected 'Apple' or not by using syntax like so
'visible' => ['brand', 'contains', ['Apple']]
#With between operator.

Let say that we have another date field called released_date and we want to show the field only when released_date is between 2015-06-01 and 2015-12-01

'visible' => ['released_date', 'between', ['2015-06-01', '2015-12-01']]

Please note that between operator is not only compare numeric fields but also date and even time fields.

#With starts with operator
'visible' => ['brand', 'starts with', 'App'] // match with [App]le
#With ends with operator
'visible' => ['brand', 'ends with', 'le'] // In this case, match with both "Goog[le]" and "App[le]"
#With Regular Expression – match operator
'visible' => ['brand', 'match', '[a-z]$']
#not operator

We can combine not statement with others. So we’ll have not contains, not in, not match, not starts with, not ends with, not between

#Checkbox Field

Sometimes, you want to show/hide a field if checkbox is checked or not. Just remember checkbox has two state and each state returns a value, 0 or false if is not checked, 1 or true is checked. For example:

'visible' => ['checkbox_field', true] // Visible if checkbox_field is checked
#With DOM Elements

Meta Box Conditional Logic can work with DOM Elements same as Meta Box fields. With this feature, you can show or hide meta boxes or fields based on post types, page parent, post ID, categories…

Let’s try with some examples:

Display Meta Box (or field) if current page is child page (parent ID is not empty)

'visible' => ['parent_id', '!=', '']

Visible if parent page’s ID is 99

'visible' => ['parent_id', 99]

Visible if current post ID is greater than 101

'visible' => ['post_ID', '>', 101]

#Compound Statements

Sometimes, you’ll need to use more than one conditional logic in fields, to do it,¬†you can use nested array to define compound statements. For example:

// This field will visible when other field named 'brand' values is equal to 'Apple' AND another field named released_year values is between 2010 and 2015

'visible' => [
    ['brand', 'Apple'],
    ['released_year', 'between', [2010, 2015]]

By default, if you define compound statement, the logic will correct if ALL of them are correct. In case you want to visible a field if ONE of them is correct, simply move all statements to when key and put new relation key like this example:

'visible' => [
    'when' => [
         ['brand', 'in', ['Apple', 'Microsoft']],
         ['released_year', 'between', [2010, 2015]]
     'relation' => 'or'

#Use Conditional Logic outside Meta Box

Conditional Logic can even work outside Meta Box plugin, or hide element outside Meta Box plugin, for example: post_title, post_content, post_excerpt…
Let’s say you want to hide the WP core submitdiv Meta Box when brand value is ‘Microsoft’

// Attach Conditional Logic to other fields
add_filter( 'rwmb_outside_conditions', function( $conditions )
    $conditions['submitdiv'] = [
        'hidden' => ['brand', 'Microsoft']

    return $conditions;
} );

In case you want to attach conditional logic with any HTML DOM Element. Just follow above example. Conditional Logic is smart enough to guess the element that you want to hide so you don’t have to put full element selector.

// Attach Conditional Logic to other fields. In this case, post_title and post_format aren't Meta Box field
add_filter( 'rwmb_outside_conditions', function( $conditions )
    $conditions['post_title'] = [
        'hidden' => ['post_format', 'aside']

    return $conditions;
} );

Of course, you can also hide a tab with Conditional Logic. See this guide

#Conditional Logic with special upload fields

Some special fields, in this case, all upload fields which do not use normal Html form tags to handle upload like file_advanced, image_advanced can returns num of uploaded files instead of their values. This is the example of conditional logic attach to image_advanced field, file_advanced uses the same syntax:

// Visible when file_advanced field is has file
'visible' => ['file_advanced', '>', 0]

// Or hidden if image_advanced doesn't contains anything
'hidden' => ['image_advanced', 0]

#Conditional Logic with Categories and Custom Taxonomies

Conditional Logic works with DOM elements and of course, categories and custom taxonomies. We have a separated guide about it. You can check: [https://metabox.io/docs/conditional-logic-taxonomies/](Conditional Logic and Taxonomies)

#Custom Callback

Since 1.3, you can set conditional logic with custom callback, just add your function with (). Like so:

// your js function should be defined
function my_custom_callback() { return true; }
// your field or meta box
'visible' => ['my_custom_callback()', true]

Please note that your function can return anything you want and you can use any operator to compare. For example

// your js
function dummy_function(){ return ['foo', 'bar', 'baz]; }
// your field or meta box
'hidden' => ['dummy_function()', 'contains', 'bar'];

#Toggle Type

By default, we use jQuery .show() and .hide() method (which equivalent to CSS display property) to toggle elements. Imagine you have three fields named A, B, and C. So by default it will display vertical like so:


Or if you use Column extension, it will display horizontal like so:

A | B | C

What happen when field B is hidden? The field C will jump to B place, sometimes, you will want to keep the position of these field, so if field B is hidden, it should keep the blank space like so:




A | | C

So, basically, we have to use CSS visibility property instead of display property. To do so, just add 'toggle_type' => 'visibility' to your Meta Box.

#Toggle Animation

Since 1.5, we do support slideUp, slideDown, fadeIn, fadeOut animation, just set toggle type to slide or fade. In short, we can set toggle type to: 'visibility', 'display', 'slide', 'fade'.

#Known Issues

Conditional Logic doesn’t works with Auto Complete field. We’ll try to update in the next release.

Please note that conditional logic for Fields and Meta Boxes use the same syntax, so feel free to use and start using it now.