function get_objects_in_term( $term_ids, $taxonomies, $args = array() {}

Retrieve object_ids of valid taxonomy and term.
The strings of $taxonomies must exist before this function will continue. On failure of finding a valid taxonomy, it will return an WP_Error class, kind of like Exceptions in PHP 5, except you can’t catch them. Even so, you can still test for the WP_Error class and get the error message.


  • int|array $term_ids: Term id or array of term ids of terms that will be used
  • string|array $taxonomies: String of taxonomy name or Array of string values of taxonomy names
  • array|string $args: Change the order of the object_ids, either ASC or DESC

Return values

returns:If the taxonomy does not exist, then WP_Error will be returned. On success the array can be empty meaning that there are no $object_ids found or it will return the $object_ids found.

Source code

function get_objects_in_term( $term_ids, $taxonomies, $args = array() ) {

	global $wpdb;

	if ( ! is_array( $term_ids ) )

		$term_ids = array( $term_ids );

	if ( ! is_array( $taxonomies ) )

		$taxonomies = array( $taxonomies );

	foreach ( (array) $taxonomies as $taxonomy ) {

		if ( ! taxonomy_exists( $taxonomy ) )

			return new WP_Error( 'invalid_taxonomy', __( 'Invalid Taxonomy' ) );


	$defaults = array( 'order' => 'ASC' );

	$args = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );

	extract( $args, EXTR_SKIP );

	$order = ( 'desc' == strtolower( $order ) ) ? 'DESC' : 'ASC';

	$term_ids = array_map('intval', $term_ids );

	$taxonomies = "'" . implode( "', '", $taxonomies ) . "'";

	$term_ids = "'" . implode( "', '", $term_ids ) . "'";

	$object_ids = $wpdb->get_col("SELECT tr.object_id FROM $wpdb->term_relationships AS tr INNER JOIN $wpdb->term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id WHERE tt.taxonomy IN ($taxonomies) AND tt.term_id IN ($term_ids) ORDER BY tr.object_id $order");

	if ( ! $object_ids )

		return array();

	return $object_ids;



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