wp_count_terms( string $taxonomy, array|string $args = array() )

Count how many terms are in Taxonomy.

Description Description

Default $args is ‘hide_empty’ which can be ‘hide_empty=true’ or array(‘hide_empty’ => true).

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) Taxonomy name.


(array|string) (Optional) Array of arguments that get passed to get_terms().

Default value: array()

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Return Return

(array|int|WP_Error) Number of terms in that taxonomy or WP_Error if the taxonomy does not exist.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/taxonomy.php

function wp_count_terms( $taxonomy, $args = array() ) {
	$defaults = array(
		'taxonomy'   => $taxonomy,
		'hide_empty' => false,
	$args     = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );

	// backward compatibility
	if ( isset( $args['ignore_empty'] ) ) {
		$args['hide_empty'] = $args['ignore_empty'];
		unset( $args['ignore_empty'] );

	$args['fields'] = 'count';

	return get_terms( $args );

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Version Description
2.3.0 Introduced.

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