I am wanting to show the current taxonomy product category title in the single product page.

The code below works, but returns all product categories. I need some help singling out the current category.

    global $post;
    $args = array( 'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',);
    $terms = wp_get_post_terms($post->ID,'product_cat', $args);

    $count = count($terms); 
    if ($count > 0) {

    foreach ($terms as $term) {
        echo '<div style="direction:rtl;">';
        echo 'Category: ' . $term->name;
        echo '</div>';

After a few hours of experimenting and searching, you guys are my last hope for a solution. Thanks.


2 Answers 2


You could use get_the_term_list

echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'product_cat', '<div style="direction:rtl;">', '</div>', '' ); 

The system of displaying 1 category title on a single product page fails if you start adding the item to multiple categories.

I went crazy once on a project where a client was adding portfolio items to two categories and yet somehow wanted me to show the 'right' category title depending. That project led me to create the Radio Buttons for Taxonomies plugin to restrict users to a single term in certain taxonomies.

  • 2
    Just as informational addition using get_the_term_list() is just what $product->get_categories() does. Nov 21, 2013 at 1:06
  • @helgatheviking Thanks for taking the time to help. Both solutions work for a single category.
    – Kapitol
    Nov 21, 2013 at 1:42
  • @ialocin So it does! Learn something new every day. Nov 21, 2013 at 10:52
  • My life motto :) Nov 27, 2013 at 22:05

In most themes I know this is standard, but yours might differ. Below code is from the meta.php file, which is responsible for showing the meta data - categories, tags - in woocommerce.


            $size = sizeof( get_the_terms( $post->ID, 'product_cat' ) );
            echo $product->get_categories( ', ', '<span class="posted_in">' . _n( 'Category:', 'Categories:', $size, 'woocommerce' ) . ' ', '.</span>' );


I gave an extended answer to this problem some time ago:

  • Thanks, ialocin. This code returns all categories. It's not what I am looking for. I am looking for the single category you are in currently to be displayed.
    – Kapitol
    Nov 20, 2013 at 23:49
  • I guess I misunderstood you, see my edit. @Kapitol Nov 21, 2013 at 0:02
  • Your solution does show a single category, but it still is not the current category. You addressed the issue of having multiple top level categories by saying "won't work if a product has multiple main-/toplevel-categories, or at least won't show them all;"
    – Kapitol
    Nov 21, 2013 at 0:10
  • You're on a single product page, if a product has more then one category of the top level, how can there be a single current category? @Kapitol Nov 21, 2013 at 0:13
  • Good question. Could be it's impossible. Maybe it is a breadcrumbs type of solution. Below is what I wanted to achieve. In a category page it lists the current category you are in. Clicking on a product within that category takes you to the product. I want a title stating you came from the previous category.
    – Kapitol
    Nov 21, 2013 at 0:19

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