WordPress: Check if Post Belongs to Custom Taxonomy

There is currently no core function to check whether a post belongs to a taxonomy term. This can be done very easily using a function. Simply copy and paste the below code into your functions.php file:

function pa_in_taxonomy($tax, $term, $_post = NULL) {
// if neither tax nor term are specified, return false
if ( !$tax || !$term ) { return FALSE; }
// if post parameter is given, get it, otherwise use $GLOBALS to get post
if ( $_post ) {
$_post = get_post( $_post );
} else {
$_post =& $GLOBALS['post'];
// if no post return false
if ( !$_post ) { return FALSE; }
// check whether post matches term belongin to tax
$return = is_object_in_term( $_post->ID, $tax, $term );
// if error returned, then return false
if ( is_wp_error( $return ) ) { return FALSE; }
return $return;


So for example say that you have created a custom post type called “Computers” which has a custom taxonomy (categories) called “Operating Systems” and you need to know if the current post is listed within “Windows”, you would call the function like this:

if (pa_in_taxonomy('operating-systems', 'windows')) {
echo "This post is within Windows operating systems.";
} else {
// do something else

The above example uses the taxonomy/term slug, but you can also use the term id, slug or array of either like the following:

if (pa_in_taxonomy('genres', array('western', 'drama', 'comedy'))) {
// do something
// or
if (pa_in_taxonomy('genres', array(1, 2, 3)) {
// do something
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