How do I get the trackback count of a post in wordpress without writing an SQL query?

I tried searching Brave Search and I couldn't find anything helpful. To fetch the amount of comments a post has, get_comments_number() is the wordpress protocol function for it. But what if I want to fetch the amount of trackbacks a post has?

And also, do I have to be inside "the loop" to do this? What if I'm outside the loop?

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You can specify what kind of comment you want to retrieve using get_comments().

// Assumes you've set $post_id somewhere.
$args = array(
    'type' => 'trackback',
    'post_id' => $post_id,
$trackbacks = get_comments( $args );
$trackback_count = count( $trackbacks );

Edited to add: As Sally CJ points out in the comments, you can do this in just one step:

// Assumes you've set $post_id somewhere.
$args = array(
    'type'    => 'trackback',
    'post_id' => $post_id,
    'count'   => true,
$trackback_count = get_comments( $args );

This code is untested but it should provide you a starting place.

As far as being inside/outside The Loop: The above code should work just fine either way, as long as you've got a way to get the post ID (get_the_ID() should work in The Loop; if you've got a WP_Post object called $my_post, then $my_post->ID should get it for you).


  • 2
    👍, but the count argument can be used to get only the total number of trackbacks/comments, e.g. $trackback_count = get_comments( array( 'type' => 'trackback', 'post_id' => $post_id, 'count' => true ) ); ..
    – Sally CJ
    May 20 at 0:52
  • 1
    Good point, I've added that to the answer. Thanks!
    – Pat J
    May 20 at 2:18

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