get_previous_post_link()WP 3.7.0

Gets a link (tag A) to the previous post relative (by date) to the current post.

The function should be used on separate pages of is_single() type.

To get a link to the next post, use get_next_post_link().

1 time — 0.005912 sec (very slow) | 50000 times — 16.36 sec (slow) | PHP 7.1.5, WP 4.8.1

No Hooks.



  • HTML of link:

    <a rel="next" href="/some-post-name">Post title</a>
  • An empty string if there is no suitable post.


get_previous_post_link( $format, $link, $in_same_term, $excluded_terms, $taxonomy );
Link format. %link will be replaced with <a> HTML. Example, '← %link' display ← <a ...>.
Default: '&laquo; %link'
Link text format. %title will be replaced with post title.
Default: '%title'
Whether link should be in the same taxonomy term. true - get the next post from the current category. If the post in a custom taxonomy, you need to specify the $taxonomy parameter.
Default: false
Array or comma-separated list of excluded term IDs. You can specify a string or array: '1,5,15' or array(1,5,15).
Default: ''
The name of the taxonomy for the $in_same_term parameter.
Default: 'category'



#1 Output a link to the previous post

Here I will give examples of how to use this function in different ways:

# link to previous post
echo get_previous_post_link();
# display: ← <a href="" rel="prev">Title of post</a>

# link to the previous entry from the current category
echo get_previous_post_link( '%link', '← %title', 1 );
# display: <a href="" rel="prev">← Markup</a>

# link to the previous post from the current taxonomy element (my_tax), for custom taxonomies
echo get_previous_post_link( '%link', '%title →', 1, '', 'my_tax' );

# link to the previous post without taking into account posts from categories 5 and 10
echo get_previous_post_link( '%link', '%title →', 0, '5,10' );


Since 3.7.0 Introduced.

get_previous_post_link() code WP 6.5.3

function get_previous_post_link( $format = '&laquo; %link', $link = '%title', $in_same_term = false, $excluded_terms = '', $taxonomy = 'category' ) {
	return get_adjacent_post_link( $format, $link, $in_same_term, $excluded_terms, true, $taxonomy );