I'm currently setting up a sidebar menu with multiple menus and sections. Each section with the title (the menu name) and a bunch of links underneath (the menu items) - I printed the items, but how do I print the menu name?



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You can access the menu metadata using the wp_get_nav_menu_object function


$menu = wp_get_nav_menu_object("my mainmenu" );


$menu = wp_get_nav_menu_object("my-mainmenu" );

The return object as follows:

 Object (
   term_id => 4
   name => My Menu Name
   slug => my-menu-name
   term_group => 0
   term_taxonomy_id => 4
   taxonomy => nav_menu
   description => 
   parent => 0
   count => 6

To display the name:

echo $menu->name;
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    You are already supplying the name, why would you want to get it again? Each time he changes the menu for another or updates the menu name in the back-end, he will have to update those values.
    – David Lee
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:12
  • @DavidLee I don't get it why you discarded my answer, the idea is the same, I just provided the possible parameter accepted by wp_get_nav_menu_object function, that is it.
    – Den Isahac
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:21
  • If you'd also like you can access the menu meta data by supplying the ID of the menu as follows $menu = wp_get_nav_menu_object ('id');
    – Den Isahac
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:26
  • think about it, you are saying that to get the menu name you need the menu name, same with the ID
    – David Lee
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:41
  • Hey David, I think you're making a great point - but I don't quite understand it. Could you explain a bit more in your answer? Feb 21, 2017 at 0:59

On WordPress version 4.9.0 and above you can use


wp_nav_menu_name for more

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    Exactly what i searched for +1 … should be the accepted answer
    – GDY
    Nov 28, 2019 at 13:27
  • This answer should be surfaced to the top or marked as the current correct answer. Nov 21, 2022 at 22:38

You can get the name like this, using the menu location, so if the menu is updated or you assign other menu you dont have to update anything here:

$locations = get_nav_menu_locations(); //get all menu locations
$menu = wp_get_nav_menu_object($locations['name_of_the_menu_location']);//get the menu object

echo $menu->name; // name of the menu

the 'name_of_the_menu_location' is the one you use to output a menu using wp_nav_menu

          'theme_location' => 'footer'//this value

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