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Is there a way to count all published posts from a custom taxonomy?

While looking around I found this snippet but I didn’t manage to get it to work …

global $wpdb;
$query = "
        SELECT COUNT( DISTINCT cat_posts.ID ) AS post_count
        FROM wp_term_taxonomy AS cat_term_taxonomy INNER JOIN wp_terms AS cat_terms ON
        cat_term_taxonomy.term_id = cat_terms.term_id
        INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS cat_term_relationships 
        ON cat_term_taxonomy.term_taxonomy_id = cat_term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id
        INNER JOIN wp_posts AS cat_posts 
        ON cat_term_relationships.object_id = cat_posts.ID
        WHERE cat_posts.post_status = 'publish' 
        AND cat_posts.post_type = 'post' 
        AND cat_term_taxonomy.taxonomy = 'YOUR-CUSTOM-TAXONOMY' 
        AND cat_terms.slug IN ('TERM-SLUG-1, TERM-SLUG-2')
return $wpdb->get_var($query);
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Use an instance of WP_Query to query the database. http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query

To query database for custom taxonomies use,

$query = new WP_Query( array( 'people' => 'bob' ) );

For more details on available options see: Taxonomy Parameters http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Taxonomy_Parameters

Retrieve published posts using

'post_status' => 'publish'

Use found_posts to retrive the number of posts

$count = $query->found_posts;
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function wp_get_productcat_postcount($id) {

    //return $count;
    $args = array(
      'post_type'     => 'product', //post type, I used 'product'
      'post_status'   => 'publish', // just tried to find all published post
      'posts_per_page' => -1,  //show all
      'tax_query' => array(
        'relation' => 'AND',
          'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',  //taxonomy name  here, I used 'product_cat'
          'field' => 'id',
          'terms' => array( $id )

    $query = new WP_Query( $args);

    echo '<pre>';

    echo '</pre>';

    return (int)$query->post_count;

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Wordpress adds attribute count to each taxonomy and updates it whenever a new post is inserted or updated. Because it does not want to go to database again and do calculations to get posts count in taxonomy.

echo $custom_tax_obj->count;
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You can do this with the current object with get_queried_object()

$posts = get_queried_object();
echo $posts->count;

Otherwise you may unnecessarily run a second query, right?

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