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I have a custom category page which displays child categories of the current category instead of posts. I would like to filter the child categories based on a custom field so only selected categories are displayed. The custom field is a single check box which I added to category pages using the Advanced Custom Fields Plugin.

This is the code I'm using to get the child categories:

$cat = get_category( get_query_var( 'cat' ) );
$cat_id = $cat->cat_ID;

$child_categories = get_categories(
    array(
        'parent'     => $cat_id,
        'orderby'    => 'id',
        'order'      => 'DESC',
        'hide_empty' => '0'
    )
);

I'm now using meta_query as suggested by @birgire but it's still not working. I changed the custom field from a check box to "true/false". This is the code I'm currently using:

$cat = get_category( get_query_var( 'cat' ) );
$cat_id = $cat->cat_ID;

$child_categories = get_categories(
    array(
        'parent'     => $cat_id,
        'orderby'    => 'id',
        'order'      => 'DESC',
        'hide_empty' => '0',
        'meta_query' => array(
            array(
                'key'     => 'show_cat',
                'value'   => 'true',
                'compare' => '=',
            )
        )
    )
);
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You should be able to use the meta_query attribute that uses WP_Meta_Query behind the scenes:

$child_categories = get_categories(
    array(
        'parent'     => $cat_id,
        'orderby'    => 'id',
        'order'      => 'DESC',
        'hide_empty' => '0',
        'meta_query' => array(
            array(
                'key'     => 'mykey',     // Adjust to your needs!
                'value'   => 'myvalue',   // Adjust to your needs!
                'compare' => '=',         // Default
            )
        )
    )
);

This assumes the term meta data to be stored in the term meta table, e.g. added with add_term_meta() or update_term_meta(), as of WordPress 4.4.

The previous approach was to store the term meta data in the options table, as seems to be the case with the ACF plugin OP is using.

  • Thanks, but I haven't got it to work yet. I changed the check box to "true/false". See my updated question for details. – jrcollins Sep 8 '16 at 8:18
  • Did you peek into the meta table in your database and verify the stored values? Maybe it's stored as '1', see e.g. my answer Inserting boolean term meta values @jrcollins – birgire Sep 8 '16 at 9:06
  • I just checked wp_termmeta and it's empty: MySQL returned an empty result set – jrcollins Sep 8 '16 at 9:15
  • yes, if it's empty then that should explain why the meta query doesn't work ;-) Then the plugin you're using is storing the term meta data elsewhere @jrcollins – birgire Sep 8 '16 at 9:20
  • Ok, according to this, the data is stored in the options table. – jrcollins Sep 8 '16 at 9:41

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