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I am trying to display all of the terms for a custom taxonomy(characters), the taxonomy is related to a custom post type(books).

What I would like to do is display all of the terms for characters, so say for instance I have two books, and I add three characters to each book, I would like all six characters to display.

I would only like to get the names, not links, or in list form, if I could get a set of objects or an array that would be preferable.

Thank you.

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I believe what you are looking for is the get_terms function. I found it looking at the code for wp_tag_cloud, here is the source of the function. This little snippet should get you what you are wanting.

$terms = get_terms("characters");

if ( empty( $tags ) || is_wp_error( $tags ) )

foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
  echo $term->name;
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rtgibbons, when trying to use this, it breaks my site. – WouterB Sep 16 '11 at 15:32
Not sure way, make sure the get_terms is getting the term of your taxonomy. If are, then open up another question, feel free to send me the link when you on twitter @rtgibbons – Ryan Gibbons Sep 17 '11 at 1:37

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