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get_category_template() WP 1.5.0

Retrieve path of category template in current or parent template.

The hierarchy for this template looks like:

  1. category-{slug}.php
  2. category-{id}.php
  3. category.php

An example of this is:

  1. category-news.php
  2. category-2.php
  3. category.php

The template hierarchy and template path are filterable via the {@see '$type_template_hierarchy'} and {@see '$type_template'} dynamic hooks, where $type is 'category'.

No Hooks.


String. Full path to category template file.





Since 1.5.0 Introduced.
Since 4.7.0 The decoded form of category-{slug}.php was added to the top of the template hierarchy when the category slug contains multibyte characters.

Code of get_category_template() WP 5.8.2

function get_category_template() {
	$category = get_queried_object();

	$templates = array();

	if ( ! empty( $category->slug ) ) {

		$slug_decoded = urldecode( $category->slug );
		if ( $slug_decoded !== $category->slug ) {
			$templates[] = "category-{$slug_decoded}.php";

		$templates[] = "category-{$category->slug}.php";
		$templates[] = "category-{$category->term_id}.php";
	$templates[] = 'category.php';

	return get_query_template( 'category', $templates );