I' having a custom post type with custom taxonomy. In the Post I've specified a post meta value (via update_post_meta) that has the value '0' or '1' (it's a checkbox).

Now I'm trying to generate a list of taxonomy values which have posts assigned to them and the post meta value is set to '1'.

Is there a way I can hook into wp_list_categories and pass post specific values as a filter parameter? Or any other way to achieve this?

  • Are you looking for a list of taxonomies? Or a list of posts? – mor7ifer Feb 17 '12 at 13:28
  • A list of taxonomies. – John Feb 17 '12 at 14:03

This will return an array of term objects, if you need these processed to be hierarchical or something, that's pretty easy, I think the challenge you were having was getting the term objects.

//get posts
$args = array(
    //basic stuff
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    //meta query
    'meta_query' => array(
            'key'     => 'your_key',
            'value'   => '1'
$posts = new WP_Query( $args );

//get categories from posts and amalgamate them
$categories = array();
foreach( $posts as $post ) {
    $new_cats = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, 'your-taxonomy-slug' );
    $categories = array_merge(

I feel like there might be something that you could do with the get_terms hook, but I can't put my finger on it (shy of querying for every term to see if it has posts that meet the condition, but that's way less efficient than my method I think).

  • Thank's! You definitely pointed me in the right direction. Your example returns an empty array and I think it's because the arrays from the wp_get_object_terms function always differ (eg. by [term_id]). Anyway I can push the values I need in a Array programmatically and it works like a charm! – John Feb 17 '12 at 16:00
  • Hurr, interesting...I didn't test it at all, just wrote the code right off and pasted it in, so it may be a dumb error...it might also be something to do with array_diff() not being able to compare objects...I'll make sure to do some testing if I ever need it! Glad you got it working! – mor7ifer Feb 17 '12 at 16:19

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