this should be simple, but it seems it is not. I simply want to not list some of the current post's categories, just exclude them from the list of categories the current post belongs to

I use this for listing the current post's categories (but I am open to using whatever would work):

<?php the_category( ', ' ); ?>

and I tried this code on functions.php

    function my_category_filter($cats){
   //exclude these from displaying
   $exclude = array(4,);
   $Catds = array();
   foreach ($cats as$cat){
      if (!in_array($cat,$exclude)){$Catsa[] = $cat;}
   return $Catsa;


but no category will show if I use it. Maybe you can guide me into solving this?


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    I posted an answer, but note that in your code, there's a typo - $Catds should be $Catsa ..
    – Sally CJ
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 2:39

1 Answer 1


The problem here is you're not using the proper hook because the_category is actually for modifying the HTML of the category list, and the 1st parameter for the hook is actually a string and not an array.

So the hook that you should have used is the_category_list where the 1st parameter is an array of terms/categories, but note that each item is an object (a WP_Term instance) and not a category ID.

And with your current code, you just need to make 2 changes:

  1. Change the add_filter() to using the_category_list instead:

  2. In your foreach, change the if to using $cat->term_id instead:

    if (!in_array($cat->term_id,$exclude))

So now your code should work correctly, but it also would work on any "current post", e.g. the one in the current loop, so you might need to add a condition to your function so that it only applies to specific posts.

Or you could actually manually generate the categories list/HTML, e.g. using get_the_category():

// ID's of the categories you want to be excluded.
$exclude = array( 4 );

// The categories list.
$cat_list = array();

foreach ( get_the_category() as $cat ) {
    if ( ! in_array( $cat->term_id, $exclude ) ) {
        $cat_list[] = '<a href="' . esc_url( get_category_link( $cat->term_id ) ) .
            '">' . $cat->name . '</a>';

// Display a simple comma-separated list of links.
echo implode( ', ', $cat_list );

Then in your template, use the above code instead of the the_category(). That way, you can avoid messing with the categories list for other "current post".

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    I didn't manage to make the first code to work, but your second code works perfectly. thank you so much!
    – vyperlook
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 9:07

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