I'd just like to print out the body of a specific node (no title or other fields). Am I doing this right?

echo node_load(127)->body['und'][0]['value']

I can't seem to find the answer in any of the Drupal docs.

2 Answers 2


Looking with the Devel module to the structure of a loaded node, I notice that "body" contains the following values:


The first array index is the language ID for the language set for the node; it could be also LANGUAGE_NONE (the string "und") for nodes for which the language is set to "neutral." That array index contains an array with the following indexes:

  • "value": the content of the "body" field
  • "summary": what set as summary (or teaser) for the node
  • "format": the input format associated with the "body" field

In the node I used as example, if you try accessing $node->body['und'][0]['value'], you would access an undefined value. You should use $node->language to know the language set for the node; you code should be similar to the following one:

$node = node_load(127);
$body = $node->body[$node->language][0]['value'];

As for printing the body content, the "body" field contains the text before the input filter is applied; you should use code similar to the following one, to print the "body" field:

$node = node_load(127);
$language = $node->language;
print check_markup($node->body[$language][0]['value'], $node->body[$language][0]['format'], $language);
  • Should the second parameter to check_markup be $node->body[$language][0]['format']
    – user5013
    Feb 27, 2014 at 19:36
  • You are right: The second parameter is the input format being applied.
    – apaderno
    Feb 27, 2014 at 19:44
$node = node_load(127);
print $node->body;

Please, note, this outputs just the content of the Body textarea as input in the node form.

To output the fully themed node without title and links would require a separate template file, its introduction via a preprocess function, and a call to

print theme('node', $node);
  • OK, but $node->body is an array yeah? Can you just print it out like that?
    – Simon East
    Jul 28, 2011 at 6:48
  • Nope, it's text/HTML/PHP (depending on the input filter). It's just the content of the Body field in the node form.
    – Jan Tomka
    Jul 28, 2011 at 6:51
  • In Drupal 7, I'm pretty sure it is an array because print_r on $node->body shows an array structure like what I've used in the original question. I think I tried what you suggested, but it only printed 'Array' to the screen.
    – Simon East
    Jul 30, 2011 at 12:32
  • Sorry, that was for d6. Retagged your question.
    – Jan Tomka
    Jul 30, 2011 at 22:48

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