# With Matrix blocks how can i get the column names

From a craft matrix block how do i get the field names when no data has yet been entered?

i can write:

$o_matrix_block->getContent()->getAttributeConfigs();  this will give me an array:  Array ( [id] => Array ( [maxLength] => 11 [min] => -2147483648 [max] => 2147483647 [decimals] => 0 [type] => number [unsigned] => [length] => 10 [column] => integer ) [elementId] => Array ( [maxLength] => 11 [min] => -2147483648 [max] => 2147483647 [decimals] => 0 [type] => number [unsigned] => [length] => 10 [column] => integer ) [locale] => Array ( [column] => locale [default] => en_gb [type] => locale ) [title] => Array ( [required] => [maxLength] => 255 [label] => Title [type] => string )  but I only get the array, when I have entered data. with out getcontent() but the array elements are wrong Pls help! :) ## 2 Answers My guess is the array is empty because there is no content. Try $o_matrix_block->getType()->getFields();

my genius colleague found the answer, this will print out the matrix field column names.

$o_user_model = craft()->userSession->getUser(); // Get current user$o_matrix_block_type_model = craft()->matrix->getBlockTypeById(5);

$a_fields =$o_matrix_block_type_model->getFieldLayout()->getFields();

foreach($a_fields as$o_field_layout_field_model) {

$o_field =$o_field_layout_field_model->getField();
var_dump(\$o_field->handle);
}

die;