I am new in WordPress plugin development. I am developing a simple WordPress plugin in which get_the_excerpt() not working in the loop. Other tags such as get_the_title(), get_the_permalink() even get_the_content() working fine. Please somebody help me out on this. Here is the code

if($loop->have_posts()) : 
while($loop->have_posts()) : 
   $content .= '<li><a href="'.get_permalink().'">'.get_the_title().'</a><br />'.get_the_excerpt().'</li>';
endwhile; wp_reset_postdata(); endif; 
  • Can you clarify "not working"? I assume you just get no output from get_the_excerpt()? Do you use the more tag in your posts? Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 16:11
  • @TheDeadMedic thanks again. Yes, you are right... when I add get_the_excerpt(), post pages stop loading. And yes I used more tag in my posts.
    – Babu
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 17:29

1 Answer 1


Unlike the_excerpt(), which auto-generates an excerpt from the content if one does not exist, get_the_excerpt() merely returns the contents of the post_excerpt field.

Instead, use apply_filters( 'the_excerpt', get_the_excerpt() ), which will trigger the same processing as the_excerpt(), but return the output rather than echo it.

  • Are you sure? According to the codex, both functions generated the same string but the_excerpt() directly display the string and adds opening and closing <p> tags around it.
    – cybmeta
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:04
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    Pretty sure. If you dive into wp-includes/default-filters.php, they're all attached to the_excerpt filter, but not get_the_excerpt. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:18
  • This answer is correct. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:48
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    I think you are both wrong. get_the_excerpt() returns the contents of the post_excerpt field and if is empty, then it auto-generates one by applying wp_trim_excerpt to the post content. the_excerpt() adds opening and closing <p> tags to the string generates by get_the_excerpt() and echoes it. See wp-include/post-template.php. So, both functions generates the same excerpt string (except for <p> tags). So, your answer doesn't respond to the Babu's question about why get_the_excerpt() is not working inside the loop.
    – cybmeta
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 14:13
  • @TheDeadMedic I tried to use apply_filters( 'the_excerpt', get_the_excerpt() ) but it didn't work. thanks TheDeadMedic and cybnet for responding. Could you guys please tell me how I can fix it?
    – Babu
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 15:33

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