I would like to show the number of posts on the category page. How is it possible? I tried to find a solution but no luck..

Thank you!


If you are on a category archive you don't need to query all the posts of the category like Christopher Ross suggested and you can't use get_the_category() like Max Yudin suggested unless you are already in the loop.

What you can do is simply get the current category object using get_queried_object() which will hold the post count, ex:

$category = get_queried_object();
echo $category->count;
$category = get_the_category(); 
echo $category[0]->category_count;

See /Function_Reference/get_the_category

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    get_the_category() is only available when you are in the loop – Bainternet Feb 7 '13 at 21:47

If you are on the category page(archive) just use:

$cat= get_the_category();
echo $cat[0]->count;

This works on looping as well. But if you want to show the category count of a specific category anywhere on the site. Use this function:

function wt_get_category_count($catID) {
        global $wpdb;           
            $SQL = "SELECT $wpdb->term_taxonomy.count FROM $wpdb->terms, $wpdb->term_taxonomy WHERE $wpdb->terms.term_id=$wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_id AND $wpdb->term_taxonomy.term_id=$catID";             
            return $wpdb->get_var($SQL);
    echo wt_get_category_count(2);

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