has_term( string|int|array $term = '', string $taxonomy = '', int|WP_Post $post = null ): bool

Checks if the current post has any of given terms.


The given terms are checked against the post’s terms’ term_ids, names and slugs.
Terms given as integers will only be checked against the post’s terms’ term_ids.

If no terms are given, determines if post has any terms.

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$term string|int|array Optional
The term name/term_id/slug, or an array of them to check for.

Default: ''

$taxonomy string Optional
Taxonomy name.

Default: ''

$post int|WP_Post Optional
Post to check. Defaults to the current post.

Default: null

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bool True if the current post has any of the given terms (or any term, if no term specified). False otherwise.

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File: wp-includes/category-template.php. View all references

function has_term( $term = '', $taxonomy = '', $post = null ) {
	$post = get_post( $post );

	if ( ! $post ) {
		return false;

	$r = is_object_in_term( $post->ID, $taxonomy, $term );
	if ( is_wp_error( $r ) ) {
		return false;

	return $r;

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Version Description
3.1.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by Marc Heatley

    If you’re checking for the presence of any terms from a given taxonomy on a post, you can pass in an empty string as the first parameter.


    if( has_term('', 'genre') ){
    	// do something

    This is useful if you want to conditionally display some markup that applies only if terms have been added to a post.

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    Example for check if a post of cpt have a specific term of a custom taxonomy.
    In this example we check if the post have a term ‘action’ and in this case asign one css class to a variable that we use later on html.
    CPT: “hook”
    Taxonomy: “hook-type”
    Taxonomy terms: “action” and “filter”.
    Note that in this example, this code is inside a cpt archive file “archive-hook.php”.

    $hook_css_class = '';
    if (has_term( 'action', 'hook-type' )) {
      $hook_css_class = "is-action-hook";
    } else {
      $hook_css_class = "is-filter-hook";
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    Contributed by Ahir Hemant

    The has_term function in WordPress is used to check if a post has a specific term (category, tag, or custom taxonomy term). Here’s an example:

    // Specify the term and taxonomy you want to check
    $term = 'wpdocs_term'; // Replace with the actual term slug or name
    $taxonomy = 'wpdocs_category'; // Replace with the actual taxonomy name
    // Specify the post ID you want to check
    $post_id = 1; // Replace with the actual post ID
    // Use has_term to check if the post has the specified term
    if ( has_term( $term, $taxonomy, $post_id ) ) {
        // The post has the specified term
        echo 'Post has the term ' . $term . ' in the ' . $taxonomy . ' taxonomy.';
    } else {
        // The post does not have the specified term
        echo 'Post does not have the term ' . $term . ' in the ' . $taxonomy . ' taxonomy.';

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