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_get_meta_table() WP 2.9.0

Retrieves the name of the metadata table for the specified object type.

This is an internal function for using it by WP core itself. It's not recommended to use this function in your code.

No Hooks.


String|false. Metadata table name, or false if no metadata table exists


_get_meta_table( $type );
$type(string) (required)
Type of object metadata is for. Accepts 'post', 'comment', 'term', 'user', or any other object type with an associated meta table.


  • Global. wpdb. $wpdb WordPress database abstraction object.


Since 2.9.0 Introduced.

Code of _get_meta_table() WP 5.7.2

function _get_meta_table( $type ) {
	global $wpdb;

	$table_name = $type . 'meta';

	if ( empty( $wpdb->$table_name ) ) {
		return false;

	return $wpdb->$table_name;