How to Count All Posts in Category in WordPress

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Are you looking for a way to count all posts in category and display it in WordPress? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to count all posts in a category in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function count_cat_post($category) {
if(is_string($category)) {
	$catID = get_cat_ID($category);
elseif(is_numeric($category)) {
	$catID = $category;
} else {
	return 0;
$cat = get_category($catID);
return $cat->count;

You can use this code to display the posts count from a category anywhere on your website either by category ID or category name:


// echo  count_cat_post('1');
// echo  count_cat_post('General');


Simply remove ‘//’ from any of the code line to use it.

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 15 best content marketing tools and how to create a contact form in WordPress.

Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. is the any way to not put category name or id? i have so many categories. cant come to code and add each ones id or name in the code. need wordpress to do it automaticly.

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