I'm trying to print out the URL of an image field using the following code.

<img src="<?php echo $field_company_logo['und'][0]['uri']; ?>" alt="<?php echo $company[0]['#markup']; ?>" />

The code gives me a URI like public://company-logos/image.png when I would need sites/default/files/company-logos/image.png.

What code should I use to print the image path (i.e. sites/default/files/company-logos/image.png)?

3 Answers 3


You want to use the drupal_realpath() function to convert the URI into the actual filesystem path.

echo drupal_realpath($field_company_logo['und'][0]['uri']);

You could also use file_create_url() to get the actual URL to the image, as opposed to a local filepath.

And the correct way to render an image is to run it through theme_image():

echo theme('image', array(
  'path' => file_create_url($field_company_logo['und'][0]['uri']),
  'alt' => check_plain($company[0]['#markup']),

Also, accessing field data the way you're doing it isn't the preferred method. Have a look at field_get_items() and the detailed example in the Rendering Drupal Fields (the right way) blog entry.

  • 2
    +1 for using the theme function, although I don't think you would actually want drupal_realpath() anymore. The theme function will automatically transform the URI.
    – Les Lim
    Nov 14, 2013 at 23:06
  • file_create_url worked for me, thanks! realpath gave me the absolute url though which wouldn't render.
    – Joe Taylor
    Nov 14, 2013 at 23:40
  • You can pass the stream path directly (public://...) and it will automatically generate the right path. Jun 8, 2016 at 6:42

If you literally just want to transform a URI into an actual URL, then you want the file_create_url() function, which is used like this:

$url = file_create_url($uri);

But you might find it easier to use a theme function, like Yuriy Babenko suggests:

$image_vars = array(
  'path' => $field_company_logo['und'][0]['uri'],
  'alt' => $company[0]['#markup'],
echo theme('image', $image_vars);

You can easily adapt this to use theme_image_style() instead, if you want a sized derivative of your image.


You can use the Image URL Formatter module. It allows to change the field format in order to get only the URL:

Drupal field settings

Bonus: it works with Views as well:

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