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I'm looking to count how many post live within the custom post type called "videos", but only the ones from the category called "work".

<?php $count_posts = wp_count_posts('videos'); echo $count_posts->publish; // ?>

How can I adjust the above code to accomplish this?


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An alternative solution using WP_Query would be:

$args = array(
  'cat' => 4,
  'post_type' => 'videos'
$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );
echo $the_query->found_posts;
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Found a solution.

<?php $posts = get_posts('post_type=videos&category=4'); 
$count = count($posts); 
echo $count; 
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Really bad idea. What if you have 15000 posts? You put them ALL in memory? These are the kind of misconceptions that could wreck a production site. – Cranio Mar 4 at 15:12

For a specific custom taxonomy try:

$the_query = new WP_Query( array(
    'post_type' => 'CUSTOM_POST_TYPE',
    'tax_query' => array(
            'taxonomy' => 'CUSTOM_TAXONOMY',
            'field' => 'id',
            'terms' => TERM_ID
) );
$count = $the_query->found_posts;

Documentation at https://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Taxonomy_Parameters

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This also should work:

$category = get_term('work', 'category');
$posts_in_category = $category->count;
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This will fail if the a taxonomy is assined to more than one post type and you just need the post count of one post type – Pieter Goosen Nov 10 '15 at 9:15

Basically if you do it with your found solution, you will waste quite much DB resources when you have lots of posts to fetch.

$query = new WP_Query();
echo $query->found_posts();

However WP_Query->found_posts just fetch 'posts_per_page' and do COUNT(*) mysql job for you. So I recommend you to use the latter one.

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