Is there a way to count all published posts from a custom taxonomy?

While looking around I found this snippet but I didn’t manage to get it to work …

global $wpdb;
$query = "
        SELECT COUNT( DISTINCT cat_posts.ID ) AS post_count
        FROM wp_term_taxonomy AS cat_term_taxonomy INNER JOIN wp_terms AS cat_terms ON
        cat_term_taxonomy.term_id = cat_terms.term_id
        INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships AS cat_term_relationships 
        ON cat_term_taxonomy.term_taxonomy_id = cat_term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id
        INNER JOIN wp_posts AS cat_posts 
        ON cat_term_relationships.object_id = cat_posts.ID
        WHERE cat_posts.post_status = 'publish' 
        AND cat_posts.post_type = 'post' 
        AND cat_term_taxonomy.taxonomy = 'YOUR-CUSTOM-TAXONOMY' 
        AND cat_terms.slug IN ('TERM-SLUG-1, TERM-SLUG-2')
return $wpdb->get_var($query);

Use an instance of WP_Query to query the database. http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query

To query database for custom taxonomies use,

$query = new WP_Query( array( 'people' => 'bob' ) );

For more details on available options see: Taxonomy Parameters http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Taxonomy_Parameters

Retrieve published posts using

'post_status' => 'publish'

Use found_posts to retrive the number of posts

$count = $query->found_posts;
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function wp_get_productcat_postcount($id) {

    //return $count;
    $args = array(
      'post_type'     => 'product', //post type, I used 'product'
      'post_status'   => 'publish', // just tried to find all published post
      'posts_per_page' => -1,  //show all
      'tax_query' => array(
        'relation' => 'AND',
          'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',  //taxonomy name  here, I used 'product_cat'
          'field' => 'id',
          'terms' => array( $id )

    $query = new WP_Query( $args);

    echo '<pre>';

    echo '</pre>';

    return (int)$query->post_count;

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Below code will get count of article from particular taxonomy

  $terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID , 'your-taxonomy' );
  foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
    echo $term->count;
  } ?>
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Wordpress adds attribute count to each taxonomy and updates it whenever a new post is inserted or updated. Because it does not want to go to database again and do calculations to get posts count in taxonomy.

echo $custom_tax_obj->count;
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You can do this with the current object with get_queried_object()

$posts = get_queried_object();
echo $posts->count;

Otherwise you may unnecessarily run a second query, right?

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  • Brilliant! :) Thanks a lot. This works for when I'm inside a category. :) – Woppi May 31 '17 at 9:50
$args = array(
'post_type' => 'product',
'post_status' => 'published',
'product_cat' => $catpage, // $catpage == your category slug name
'numberposts' => -1
echo $num = count( get_posts( $args ) );
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I face this situation in the taxonomy archive templates (e.g. taxonomy-taxname.php) for a site with a custom post type and associated category/tag taxonomies. I wanted in my header to display a count of how many items used the taxonomy.

In my taxonomy archive templates, I needed to find the term the taxonomy represented, then pass it off to a function to get the number of custom post type items using that term, this from the tag taxonomy

// the term we need for this taxonomy
$term_obj = get_queried_object(); 

// get the term object
$term = get_term( $term_obj->term_id, 'taxname' );

// get a count of content with this term
$tax_count = get_tax_count('taxname', $term->slug, 'custom-post-type-name');

// grammar counts
$plural = ( $tax_count == 1) ? '' : 's';

echo $tax_count . ' Item' . $plural . ' Tagged "' . $term->name . '"';

The function for doing the count uses WP_Query with a tax_query:

function tax_count ( $taxonomy, $term, $post_type ) {
    // find the number of items in custom post type that use the term in a taxonomy

    $args = array(
        'post_type' =>  $post_type,
        'posts_per_page' => -1,
        'tax_query' => array(
                'taxonomy' => $taxonomy,
                'field'    => 'slug',
                'terms'    => $term,

    $tax_query = new WP_Query( $args );

    return ($tax_query->found_posts);

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