Within a single post I show all tags of the specific post by using this:

the_tags( $tags_opening, ' ', $tags_ending );

But sometimes I mark a post with a tag that should not appear on that single page (but this tag shall still be found on - for example - an overview page with all tags).

How can I exclude specific tags by ID from this list of tags within the post (and just on the single page)?

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Not sure that this is the best decision, but you can use the filter to cut your special tag without modifying templates.

add_filter('the_tags', 'wpse_320497_the_tags');

function wpse_320497_the_tags($tags) {
    $exclude_tag = 'word';

    // You can add your own conditions here
    // For example, exclude specific tag only for posts or custom taxonomy
    if(!is_admin() && is_singular()) {
        $tags = preg_replace("~,\s+<a[^>]+>{$exclude_tag}</a>~is", "", $tags);

    return $tags;

If you confused with regexp, you can rewrite it with explode and strpos functions.

Hope it helps.


You can use get_terms() to get the terms of the post_tag taxonomy according to your needs. It offers parameters to achieve this, especially exclude or exclude_tree. All available parameters are documented at WP_Term_Query::__construct().

Then you basically recreate what the_tags() does in a custom function. To elaborate a bit, the_tags() calls get_the_tag_list() which calls get_the_term_list(). If you take a look at the documentation, source code you can easily create the same markup.

Generally speaking it might be worth considering a different approach, for example using a custom taxonomy to collect those terms you want to show on overview pages but not on single pages.

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