I have an array of ids that correspond to terms. How do I get the full term objects for each id?

$ids = array(1,2,3);

Ideally, I would love to be able to do something similar to the way taxonomy queries with WP_Query work, but obviously with terms instead of posts.

  • Could you not loop through the array and use get_term?
    – gdaniel
    Jul 29, 2014 at 20:46
  • I could, and I did do that as a crutch to get the script working. But if there is a single function that can handle all of this for me, it would make my code simpler and shorter and I would be relying on the WordPress API more appropriately... and I would learn something new.
    – Jeff
    Jul 30, 2014 at 16:13

2 Answers 2


I wonder if you mean something like this modified Codex example:

// Fetch:
$terms = get_terms( 'category', array(
    'include' => array( 1, 2, 3 ),
) );

// Output:
if ( ! empty( $terms ) && ! is_wp_error( $terms ) )
     $li = '';
     foreach ( $terms as $term )
       $li .= sprintf( "<li>%s</li>", $term->name );    
     printf( "<ul>%s</ul>", $li );

where $terms contains an array of term objects, empty array or the WP_Error() object.

Check the Codex on get_terms() to get more information on the output and the input arguments. There you can get more code examples.

  • 2
    That looks exactly what I am looking for. I misunderstood what include was actually including.
    – Jeff
    Jul 30, 2014 at 16:10
  • @Jeff That's great - exclude should work in a similar way and if include is empty then every term is included. Just remember to use the correct taxonomy (category, post_tag, ... ) else you will get the WP_Error object.
    – birgire
    Jul 30, 2014 at 16:18

See http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_term_by

Create a foreach loop for your array.

foreach($ids as $id) {
    $terms[$id] = get_term_by('id', $id, 'category');


You can then do what you want with the data.

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