I made a few custom taxonomies and I need to show ALL the terms from it, what I achieved so far is showing the taxonomies that are selected/chosen in a custom post type but I need all of them to show, wether it's selected or not. So that later I can make a filter that filters according to which terms a custom post type value contains.

  'public'   => true,
  '_builtin' => false
$output = 'names'; // or objects
$operator = 'and';
if  ($taxonomies) {
  foreach ($taxonomies  as $taxonomy ) {
    $terms = get_terms($taxonomy);
        foreach ( $terms as $term) {
        <li><br><a href="#"><input type="checkbox" name="profile[]" value=""><?php echo $term->name; ?> <br/></a></li>

What I have so far.

Thanks in advance!

  • At what point does this fail? How much of it works the way you'd like? – s_ha_dum Mar 4 '14 at 14:26
  • It works the issue is that I can only show the SELECTED terms in a custom post type. I want all of them to show wether selected or not, I don't want to have a dummy post type that has everything selected just to show them. – David H Mar 4 '14 at 14:28

You need to pass an additional argument to get_terms(). The default is to hide "empty" terms-- terms which are assigned to no posts.

$terms = get_terms([
    'taxonomy' => $taxonomy,
    'hide_empty' => false,
  • Thank you so much! But I want to ask something, why would you create an array inside a variable instead of declaring it above where the first array is shown? – David H Mar 4 '14 at 14:48
  • Simplicity. If the argument array were more complex I would have declared it first (most likely), but for a single argument that is just the most straightforward way to do it. It should work equally well either way. – s_ha_dum Mar 4 '14 at 14:53
  • Thanks a lot :) that thought me a lot. I really appreciate it! – David H Mar 4 '14 at 15:17
  • Works!! Now I can see what's going on with all the taxonomy options! Some plugins create complex structure in there. – eyal_katz Jun 22 '18 at 16:41

Since 4.5.0, taxonomies should be passed via the ‘taxonomy’ argument in the $args array so:

$terms = get_terms( array(
    'taxonomy' => 'post_tag',
    'hide_empty' => false,
) );

where terms that have no posts are hidden by default.


This code is fetches all category and subcategory custom taxonomies using get_terms():

<?php $wcatTerms = get_terms('product_cat', array('hide_empty' => 0, 'parent' =>0)); 
   foreach($wcatTerms as $wcatTerm) : 
      <a href="<?php echo get_term_link( $wcatTerm->slug, $wcatTerm->taxonomy ); ?>"><?php echo $wcatTerm->name; ?></a>
      <ul class="megaSubCat">
            $wsubargs = array(
               'hierarchical' => 1,
               'show_option_none' => '',
               'hide_empty' => 0,
               'parent' => $wcatTerm->term_id,
               'taxonomy' => 'product_cat'
            $wsubcats = get_categories($wsubargs);
            foreach ($wsubcats as $wsc):
         <li><a href="<?php echo get_term_link( $wsc->slug, $wsc->taxonomy );?>"><?php echo $wsc->name;?></a></li>

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