Get tags related to wordpress category

October 13, 2009 · Print This Article

Do you noticed there is no native way to retrieve tags based on the wordpress category.

But if you want to be able to get tags related to one (or more) specific category, just insert the following function in your theme’s functions.php.


Here is the function you have to paste in your function.php file:

function get_category_tags($args) {
global $wpdb;
$tags = $wpdb->get_results
SELECT DISTINCT terms2.term_id as tag_id, as tag_name, null as tag_link
wp_posts as p1
LEFT JOIN wp_term_relationships as r1 ON p1.ID = r1.object_ID
LEFT JOIN wp_term_taxonomy as t1 ON r1.term_taxonomy_id = t1.term_taxonomy_id
LEFT JOIN wp_terms as terms1 ON t1.term_id = terms1.term_id, wp_posts as p2
LEFT JOIN wp_term_relationships as r2 ON p2.ID = r2.object_ID
LEFT JOIN wp_term_taxonomy as t2 ON r2.term_taxonomy_id = t2.term_taxonomy_id
LEFT JOIN wp_terms as terms2 ON t2.term_id = terms2.term_id
t1.taxonomy = 'category' AND p1.post_status = 'publish' AND terms1.term_id IN (".$args['categories'].") AND
t2.taxonomy = 'post_tag' AND p2.post_status = 'publish'
AND p1.ID = p2.ID
ORDER by tag_name
$count = 0;
foreach ($tags as $tag) {
$tags[$count]->tag_link = get_tag_link($tag->tag_id);
return $tags;

In your theme document call the function as follows. Notice it accepts multiple category id’s:
$args = array(
'categories' => '1,2,3'
$tags = get_category_tags($args);

This will return an array that you could do the following with:

$content .= "<ul>";
foreach ($tags as $tag) {
$content .= "<li><a href=\"$tag->tag_link\">$tag->tag_name</a></li>";
$content .= "</ul>";
echo $content;

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