Summery Summery

Retrieves category data given a category ID or category object.

Syntax Syntax

get_category( int|object $category, string $output = OBJECT, string $filter = 'raw' )

Description Description

If you pass the $category parameter an object, which is assumed to be the category row object retrieved the database. It will cache the category data.

If you pass $category an integer of the category ID, then that category will be retrieved from the database, if it isn’t already cached, and pass it back.

If you look at get_term(), then both types will be passed through several filters and finally sanitized based on the $filter parameter value.

Parameters Parameters


(Required) Category ID or category row object.


(Optional) The required return type. One of OBJECT, ARRAY_A, or ARRAY_N, which correspond to a WP_Term object, an associative array, or a numeric array, respectively.

Default value: OBJECT


(Optional) How to sanitize category fields. Default 'raw'.

Default value: 'raw'

Return Return

(object|array|WP_Error|null) Category data in type defined by $output parameter. WP_Error if $category is empty, null if it does not exist.

Source Source

File: wp-includes/category.php

function get_category( $category, $output = OBJECT, $filter = 'raw' ) {
	$category = get_term( $category, 'category', $output, $filter );

	if ( is_wp_error( $category ) ) {
		return $category;

	_make_cat_compat( $category );

	return $category;


Changelog Changelog

Version Description
1.5.1 Introduced.


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