wp_get_post_categories( int $post_id, array $args = array() )

Retrieve the list of categories for a post.

Description Description

Compatibility layer for themes and plugins. Also an easy layer of abstraction away from the complexity of the taxonomy layer.

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Parameters Parameters


(int) (Optional) The Post ID. Does not default to the ID of the global $post. Default 0.


(array) (Optional) Category query parameters. See WP_Term_Query::__construct() for supported arguments.

Default value: array()

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Return Return

(array|WP_Error) List of categories. If the $fields argument passed via $args is 'all' or 'all_with_object_id', an array of WP_Term objects will be returned. If $fields is 'ids', an array of category ids. If $fields is 'names', an array of category names. WP_Error object if 'category' taxonomy doesn't exist.

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/post.php

function wp_get_post_categories( $post_id = 0, $args = array() ) {
	$post_id = (int) $post_id;

	$defaults = array( 'fields' => 'ids' );
	$args     = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );

	$cats = wp_get_object_terms( $post_id, 'category', $args );
	return $cats;

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Changelog Changelog

Version Description
2.1.0 Introduced.

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More Information More Information

The results from wp_get_post_categories() aren’t cached which will result in a database call being made every time this function is called. Use this function with care. For performance, functions like get_the_category() should be used to return categories attached to a post.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Codex

    The example below shows how categories are retrieved, and then additional information is retrieved for each category.

    $post_categories = wp_get_post_categories( $post_id );
    $cats = array();
    foreach($post_categories as $c){
    	$cat = get_category( $c );
    	$cats[] = array( 'name' => $cat->name, 'slug' => $cat->slug );

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