I can get the field using entity_metadata_wrapper like this

$node = node_load($nid);
$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node, array(
    'langcode' => $GLOBALS['language'],
    'bundle' => 'unit'

$field_value = $node_wrapper->field_photo->value();

And that returns an array which I don't know how to render. I tried drupal_render() but it seems that it doesn't do the job.

So how can I render this field ?


1 Answer 1


The photo field is an image field? The value() function returns an array which is actual file data linked to the image. To render (or to create a renderable build), you can for example use theme_image function, which prints out an <img> tag.

$node = node_load(43);
$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $node, array(
    'langcode' => $GLOBALS['language'],
    'bundle' => 'subject'

$field_value = $node_wrapper->field_teaser_image->value();
$build = array(
    '#theme' => 'image',
    '#path' => $field_value['uri'],
    '#alt' => $field_value['alt'],
    '#title' => $field_value['title'],
    '#width' => $field_value['width'],
    '#height' => $field_value['height'],

print drupal_render($build);
  • 1
    That works only for image fields. but I have other fields I want to render I just used that one as an example Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 15:09
  • Depending the type of field, the method for rendering is different ... (plain values, arrays, ...). Why don't you use field_get_items and field_view_value for the rendering? Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 15:48
  • I will only need this photo field for now after all, so I'll mark this as the accepted answer. Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 15:52
  • 1
    This shows a huge shortcoming of metadata_wrappers in my opinion. I would hope that we could just do $node_wrapper->field_teaser_image->render(); Commented May 24, 2017 at 16:41

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