wp_update_category( array $catarr ): int|false

Aliases wp_insert_category() with minimal args.


If you want to update only some fields of an existing category, call this function with only the new values set inside $catarr.

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$catarr array Required
The 'cat_ID' value is required. All other keys are optional.

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int|false The ID number of the new or updated Category on success. Zero or FALSE on failure.

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File: wp-admin/includes/taxonomy.php. View all references

function wp_update_category( $catarr ) {
	$cat_id = (int) $catarr['cat_ID'];

	if ( isset( $catarr['category_parent'] ) && ( $cat_id === (int) $catarr['category_parent'] ) ) {
		return false;

	// First, get all of the original fields.
	$category = get_term( $cat_id, 'category', ARRAY_A );
	_make_cat_compat( $category );

	// Escape data pulled from DB.
	$category = wp_slash( $category );

	// Merge old and new fields with new fields overwriting old ones.
	$catarr = array_merge( $category, $catarr );

	return wp_insert_category( $catarr );

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Version Description
2.0.0 Introduced.

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