Each user in system has meta key called points

I need to get top 10 users (highest points)

How I can do this query ?

Should I use get_users() with $args OR native query

  • You should use get_users() with $args! And what do you mean by Native query ?
    – Sumit
    Mar 28 '16 at 10:02
  • i mean t $wpdb->get_results() Mar 28 '16 at 10:04
  • @Sumit Could u please post an example of the code how it can be done ? Mar 28 '16 at 10:04

You can use get_users() with meta_key and order by meta value, descending.


$user_args = array(
    'meta_key' => 'points',
    'number' => 10,
    'orderby' => 'meta_value_num',
    'order' => 'DESC'

$top_users = get_users($user_args);

NOTE: Support for meta_value_num is available only from version 4.2

  • 1
    An addendum to this answer, answering OP's question on "using get_users() or $wpdb->get_results()": if possible, don't use raw SQL queries to perform operations that WordPress supports natively. There are several reasons for this: (1) it prevents WordPress from applying filters to the return value, thereby interrupting native functionality; (2) it can yield unexpected results because certain clauses that WordPress includes are not included in your custom SQL; (3) it prevents possible caching and (4) when WordPress changes its internal functionality, you don't want your code to break.
    – engelen
    Mar 28 '16 at 10:42

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