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Function Reference/get the terms


Retrieve the terms of the taxonomy that are attached to the post.


 <?php get_the_terms$id$taxonomy ); ?> 


(int) (required) Post ID
Default: 0
(string) (required) Name of taxonomy to retrieve terms from. For example: 'category', 'post_tag', 'taxonomy slug'
Default: None


Array of term objects on success; false if the post contains no terms from the given taxonomy; false if the post doesn't exist; and a Class_Reference/WP_Error object if an invalid taxonomy is entered.

A post with no terms assigned gives a false result, not an empty array.

Each term object will contain the following fields:

stdClass Object
    [term_id] =>
    [name] =>
    [slug] =>
    [term_group] => 
    [term_order] => 
    [term_taxonomy_id] =>
    [taxonomy] =>
    [description] => 
    [parent] =>
    [count] =>
    [object_id] =>


A Basic Example

Echoing the list of terms (for a taxonomy called on-draught). This is similar to the output from get_the_term_list, but without the terms being hyperlinked:

$terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, 'on-draught' );
if ( $terms && ! is_wp_error( $terms ) ) : 

	$draught_links = array();

	foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
		$draught_links[] = $term->name;
	$on_draught = join( ", ", $draught_links );

<p class="beers draught">
	On draught: <span><?php echo $on_draught; ?></span>

<?php endif; ?>

Get terms for all custom taxonomies

place this function in theme functions.php

// get taxonomies terms links
function custom_taxonomies_terms_links(){
  // get post by post id
  $post = get_post( $post->ID );

  // get post type by post
  $post_type = $post->post_type;

  // get post type taxonomies
  $taxonomies = get_object_taxonomies( $post_type, 'objects' );

  $out = array();
  foreach ( $taxonomies as $taxonomy_slug => $taxonomy ){

    // get the terms related to post
    $terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, $taxonomy_slug );

    if ( !empty( $terms ) ) {
      $out[] = "<h2>" . $taxonomy->label . "</h2>\n<ul>";
      foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
        $out[] =
          '  <li><a href="'
        .    get_term_link( $term->slug, $taxonomy_slug ) .'">'
        .    $term->name
        . "</a></li>\n";
      $out[] = "</ul>\n";

  return implode('', $out );

Now you can use this function in your themes for your post types without the need to input anything

<?php echo custom_taxonomies_terms_links(); ?>


It uses get_object_term_cache() or wp_get_object_terms() to retrieve results.

Change Log

Source File

get_the_terms() is located in wp-includes/category-template.php.


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