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Closed 8 years ago

#37256 closed feature request (duplicate)

Support for User taxonomies: Automatically add menu items and admin screens, add support for tax args to WP_User_Query

Reported by: helgatheviking's profile helgatheviking Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.5.3
Component: Users Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


Apparently it is possible to register a taxonomy for Users:

function create_user_tax() {
            'label' => __( 'Group' )
add_action('init', 'create_user_tax');

as described in [Justin Tadlock's tutorial](

And wp_set_object_terms() and wp_get_object_terms() already work (though it *just* occurred to me there could be a slight issue if a user ID has the same ID as a post and they share a taxonomy), but as the tutorial describes you need to add your own Manage terms page *and* your own term count callback. I'd like to propose that those be added automatically just like any post type taxonomy.

I'd also like to propose WP_User_Query support tax_query args the same as posts. The query can already be modified via pre_get_users to support this, I think it'd just be cooler if it were in core.

function user_tax_query( $query ) { 
    global $wpdb;
    // fake a tax query
    if ( isset( $query->query_vars['tax_query'] ) && is_array( $query->query_vars['tax_query'] ) ) {
        $tax_args = $query->query_vars['tax_query'];

        if ( isset( $tax_args['taxonomy'] && isset( $tax_args['terms'] ) ) ) {
            $args = array(
        			'taxonomy' => $tax_args['taxonomy'],
        			'field'    => 'slug', // eventually account for IDs
        			'terms'    => isset( $tax_args['terms'] ),
	        $sql = get_tax_sql( $args, $wpdb->prefix . 'users', 'ID' );
            if( isset( $sql['join'] ) ){
                $query->query_from .= $sql['join'];
            if( isset( $sql['where'] ) ){
                $query->query_where .= $sql['where'];

add_action( 'pre_user_query', 'user_tax_query' );

With that filter in place a WP_User_Query can query the users in a specific taxonomy:

$args = array( 'tax_query' => array(
                        'taxonomy' => 'group',
                        'field'    => 'slug',
                        'terms'    => 'blue-group',

$users = new WP_User_Query( $args );

Change History (1)

#1 @boonebgorges
8 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Hi @helgatheviking ! Thanks for the ticket. The specific idea of supporting 'tax_query' in WP_User_Query is being discussed in #31383, in the more general context of better core support for user taxonomies. Please follow along there!

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