I'm using this autocomplete script https://github.com/agarzola/jQueryAutocompletePlugin within my wordpress theme. I have a form in a page where the user could specify some tags. Actually, this is the code I'm using and it's working good.

        jQuery(function() {
            var data = '<?php global $wpdb; $search_tags = $wpdb->
                   get_results("SELECT name FROM $wpdb->terms"); 
                      foreach ($search_tags as $mytag){ echo $mytag->name. " "; } ?>'.split(" ");
         $("#tags").autocomplete(data,{multiple: true});

Now, the problem is, this kind of query puts all the tags inside an array when I load the page. This could work if you have 100 tags, but we have a lot more. The script has also an autocomplete from remote script option as shown below:

<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery().ready(function() {
    $("#tags").autocomplete("<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/get-tags.php", 
        width: 260,
        matchContains: true,
        selectFirst: false,
        multiple: true

This must activate autocomplete as the user types. This is the code for get-tags.php (I put the file in my theme root)



global $wpdb; 
    $search_tags = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT name FROM $wpdb->terms"); 
        foreach ($search_tags as $mytag)
            { echo $mytag->name. " "; }


I have tried everything and searched online for hours but I didn't find a solution on how to call the get-tags.php, it gives me an internal 500 error and the autocomplete doesn't work anymore. thanks

  • 1
    You could turn this into an ajax request and have your ajax callback do the term fetching via admin-ajax.php, you'd then not need the extra file in your theme(with all those nasty looking includes).
    – t31os
    Jan 9, 2011 at 23:26
  • @t31os How would you trigger the request for the autocomplete?
    – kaiser
    Dec 23, 2011 at 15:06
  • You ask me now after 11 months... lol... offhand, no idea, but i don't typically say something unless i think it's possible. Seeing as the asker got an answer he was happy with, i think i'll leave it at that... :) Valid point though.. (i'm terrible for drive-by comments)..
    – t31os
    Dec 23, 2011 at 15:32
  • Yep, the answer worked for me. As I remember I had a little issue with the separator, but I found a workaround.
    – Andycap
    Dec 24, 2011 at 15:11
  • @t310s Guys, I'm asking because of this Q. Yes, I'm not only here to answer Qs ;)
    – kaiser
    Dec 27, 2011 at 13:04

1 Answer 1


don't include WP like that. use $_GET instead:

$("#tags").autocomplete("<?php echo add_query_arg('get_my', 'terms', home_url()); ?>", 

theme's functions.php:

add_action('template_redirect', 'terms_for_autocomplete');
function terms_for_autocomplete(){
  if(isset($_GET['get_my']) && $_GET['get_my'] == 'terms'):

    $terms = &get_terms(get_taxonomies());
    foreach ($terms as $term)
      echo "{$term->name}|{$term->name} ({$term->count} results)\n";

  • Yes, it's working. But as I type in the suggestion box I see all the tags together. Screenshot here img638.imageshack.us/img638/7216/screenshot20110108at102.png
    – Andycap
    Jan 8, 2011 at 21:21
  • well what kind of data does your autocomplete plugin expect? ...Try tags on each line: echo $mytag->name. "\n"; Jan 8, 2011 at 21:37
  • Great!! It's working. Now the problem is: - if I write a tag that exists and then I enter "," or "enter" it's ok. - If I try to write a new tag when I enter "," it put the first value of the database in the field. I think the problem is how the Javascript handles the results.
    – Andycap
    Jan 9, 2011 at 0:28
  • I had a quick look at the plugin code, and it seems the results should be in a value|title format. so change them again to echo "{$mytag->name}|{$mytag->name}\n"; and see if that fixes your problem Jan 9, 2011 at 0:47
  • 1
    I've also updated my answer to use native WP functions without SQL Jan 9, 2011 at 18:54

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