Metafield content types and values

Each type of metafield accepts a range of supported values for different use cases. Refer to the table of common metafield content types for information about the following:

  • supported values for each type of metafield
  • example use cases for each type of metafield
  • if the content type can be used as a metafield list

For more information, refer to the developer documentation for Metafields.

Common metafield content types
Content type Description Type can be used in a list Example
Date Supports date values in ISO 8601 format, without a time zone. Yes Add product expiration dates, order delivery dates, or customer birth dates.
Date and time Supports date values in ISO 8601 format and time values in UTC time. Yes Add launch event dates or product release dates.
Weight Supports both whole number and decimal values. Weight uses either metric or imperial units of measurement. Yes Add the weight of a product or ingredient, for example, grams of sugar.
Volume Supports both whole number and decimal values. Volume uses either metric or imperial units of measurement. Yes Add the volume capacity of a water bottle.
Dimension Supports both whole number and decimal values. Dimension uses either metric or imperial units of measurement. Yes Add box heights or product lengths, such as the length of a scarf.
Integer Integer values can be in the range of -4,611,686,018,427,387,904 to 4,611,686,018,427,387,903. Yes Add a page count for books.
Decimal Decimal values can be in the range of +/-9999999999999.999999999, with up to 13 digits before the decimal and up to 9 digits after. Yes Add a carat weight for jewelry.
File reference

Supports uploading a single file in one of the following file types:

  • Images
    • Images must be less than 20 MB. Accepted formats: JPEG, PNG, WEBP, HEIC, and GIF.
    • Will render as an image when used in theme settings.
  • Videos
    • Videos must be less than 1 GB, and less than ten minutes in length. Accepted formats: MOV and MP4.
    • Will render as a video when used in video-type theme settings, or fall back to an image when used in image-type settings.
  • all file types
    • Generic files must be less than 20MB.
    • Will render as a downloadable link in themes.

Refer to File format requirements for supported file types.

Yes Add a PDF file for assembly instructions.
Page reference Allows you to link to an existing page. Supports linking to a single or multiple pages in a metafield list. Yes Insert your policy page or a detailed care guide on products in your online store.
Product reference Supports linking to a single or multiple products in a metafield list. Yes Store and display featured products on product pages or collection pages in your online store.
Product variant reference Supports linking to a single product variant. Yes Store and display other clothing items in the same color on product pages in your online store.
Collection reference Allows you to link to an existing collection. Supports linking to a single or multiple collections in a metafield list. Yes Include a "Complete the look" collection for fashion products in your online store.
Single line text

Supports plain text with no line breaks.

You can limit single-line fields to preset choices that you specify when you create your metafield definition.

Yes Add short notes and announcements.
Multi-line text

Supports plain text with line breaks.

You can choose your minimum and maximum lengths and regular expression rules.

No Add shipping notes or return policies.
Rich text

Supports text with line breaks and inline styling, including heading styles, bold, italic, and underline.

Can only be connected to theme settings of type rich text.

Themes handle styling in different ways, which may override the styles you apply here. Check with your theme’s documentation to better understand how the Rich text metafield will be styled in your theme.

No Add long-form stories about your brand or product, including styling.
Color Supports RGB values in #RRGGBB format. Yes Store the color of a product and then set the background of the product page to the same color.
Money Supports both whole number and decimal values. Currency code must match store currency. No Track product cost details, such as distributor cost or ship to warehouse cost.
Rating Supports decimal values along a given scale, depending on how you configure your definition. Yes Add an audience score or a star rating for a product.
True or false Creates a checkbox for selecting whether a condition is true or false. No Add whether an option is available, such as whether an item can be engraved.
URL Supports HTTP, HTTPS and mailto: URLs. You can limit URLs to specific domains when you create your metafield definition. Yes Add a link to book reviews or product videos that are hosted on a specific website.
JSON Supports raw JSON data for advanced use cases when you need a structured data source. No Add a table of specifications that has different columns for each product, for example, tables of ingredients.
Mixed reference

Supports references of any type.

Developer support is needed to use this type in your storefront. Learn more about custom data for developers.

Yes Create dynamic landing pages in your Hydrogen Storefront.

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