I have some taxonomy terms that have an image field in them. I am trying to get the value of the image field in my templates. How can I do this? The field's name is field_header_image.

I have this so far but it does not work..

$headerimg = field_view_field('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image'); 
print render($headerimg);

I'm guessing I need something else for taxonomy_term but I'm not sure what that should be.

1 Answer 1


You can get it like this :

$term = taxonomy_term_load($tid);
$field_header_image = field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image');
if ($field_header_image) {
  $headerimg = field_view_value('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image', $field_header_image[0], array('type' => 'image'));
print render($headerimg);

If you want to use an image_style :

$headerimg = field_view_value('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image', $field_header_image[0], array(
  'type' => 'image',
  'settings' => array(
    'image_style' => 'my_image_style', //place your image style here

Here is a contextual answer if you are on your taxonomy term page.

In your file template.php use the theme_preprocess_page function like this :

function mytheme_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
  $term = menu_get_object('taxonomy_term', 2);
  if ($term) {
    $field_header_image = field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image');
    if ($field_header_image) {
      $vars['headerimg'] = field_view_value('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image', $field_header_image[0], array('type' => 'image'));

Then in you page.tpl.php you can print render($headerimg);

  • field_get_items('taxonomy_term', $term, 'field_header_image') does not return anything for me. It just generates an error that says "Error. The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later."
    – Dustin
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 15:17
  • how do you get your $term object ? You need to have taxonomy_term_load or something before. Can you check the Drupal logs ?
    – pbonnefoi
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 15:23
  • I don't know. I'm just using some example code that I found. I've never done this before.
    – Dustin
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 16:57
  • I edited my answer, all you need to have is the tid. PLMK if you have some errors (Drupal Logs would help)
    – pbonnefoi
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 17:39
  • Ok here are the errors in the log... EntityMalformedException: Missing bundle property on entity of type taxonomy_term. Notice: Undefined variable: tid in include()
    – Dustin
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 17:48

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