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woocommerce_product_subcategories() WC 1.0

Deprecated from version 3.3.1 @todo Add a notice in a future version.. It is no longer supported and can be removed in future releases. It is recommended to replace this function with the same one.

This is a legacy function which used to check if we needed to display subcats and then output them. It was called by templates.

From 3.3 onwards this is all handled via hooks and the woocommerce_maybe_show_product_subcategories function.

Since some templates have not updated compatibility, to avoid showing incorrect categories this function has been deprecated and will return nothing. Replace usage with woocommerce_output_product_categories to render the category list manually.

This is a legacy function which also checks if things should display. Themes no longer need to call these functions. It's all done via hooks.

No Hooks.


null|true|false. Nothing.


woocommerce_product_subcategories( $args );


Deprecated Since 3.3.1 @todo Add a notice in a future version.

Code of woocommerce_product_subcategories() WC 5.3.0

function woocommerce_product_subcategories( $args = array() ) {
	$defaults = array(
		'before'        => '',
		'after'         => '',
		'force_display' => false,

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

	if ( $args['force_display'] ) {
		// We can still render if display is forced.
				'before'    => $args['before'],
				'after'     => $args['after'],
				'parent_id' => is_product_category() ? get_queried_object_id() : 0,
		return true;
	} else {
		// Output nothing. woocommerce_maybe_show_product_subcategories will handle the output of cats.
		$display_type = woocommerce_get_loop_display_mode();

		if ( 'subcategories' === $display_type ) {
			// This removes pagination and products from display for themes not using wc_get_loop_prop in their product loops. @todo Remove in future major version.
			global $wp_query;

			if ( $wp_query->is_main_query() ) {
				$wp_query->post_count    = 0;
				$wp_query->max_num_pages = 0;

		return 'subcategories' === $display_type || 'both' === $display_type;