I would like to query only pages with a certain page template with WP_Query or a function that would return the post object, but I can't find any information about that on the official codex.


Try this... Assuming the template name is 'my_template.php',

$query = new WP_Query(
        'post_type' => 'page',
        'meta_key' => '_wp_page_template',
        'meta_value' => 'my_template.php'
//Down goes the loop...

You can also use get_posts, or modify query posts to get the job done. Both these functions use the same parameters as WP_Query.


Incorrect: as of wordpress 3 you need something akin to:

$args = array(
    'post_type'  => 'page', 
    'meta_query' => array( 
            'key'   => '_wp_page_template', 
            'value' => 'my_template.php'
  • THANK YOU!! Skimmed this page way too quickly, used the accepted answer. This does it. For anyone else, note the array inside the array inside the array... – Jeremy Carlson Apr 26 '16 at 22:40
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    The only difference here is the post_type. Otherwise you don't need the meta_query array for a single custom key/value pair. – Rutwick Gangurde Nov 16 '16 at 6:21

The page template is stored as a meta value with key "_wp_page_template".

So all you need is to use that key in a meta query parameter. For examples

See http://codex.wordpress.org/Displaying_Posts_Using_a_Custom_Select_Query#Query_based_on_Custom_Field_and_Sorted_by_Value

and http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Custom_Field_Parameters


If anyone's attempt incorrectly results in zero posts, probably the template name is wrong. I tried the php file name and my template name and they didn't work. Then I decided to inspect the templates select box where we select the template on the page editor. I found this:

<option value="templates-map/component-tutorial-1.php" 
 selected="selected">Tutorial -1</option>

I used templates-map/component-tutorial-1.php and it worked.

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