How do I query a taxonomy term range

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I have a few taxonomies that I would like to query a range from, for example

  • price
  • age
  • vintage

I found this question which helped me some

How to pass URL parameters for advanced taxonomy queries with multiple terms for one custom taxonomy

With the above examples I could query the age taxonomy as an example for the year of 10 and 20


This works ok.

But if I would like to do an query for an an range of ages, for example form 10-20 I would need to


And if I would like to do a range between 10-100 you can imagine it will will not look that good.

So I tried to put the age terms in sub taxonomy terms so the structure would be like this

  • 11-20
    • 11
    • 12
    • 13
    • 14
    • 15
    • 16
    • 17
    • 18
    • 19
  • 21-30

By doing this I could now query like this


And it would work, it would show all ages within 11-20

But this way is quite inflexible, I would need just range between 15-20 this wouldn’t work.

What I would like to know if there is a way that the range is dynamic and more flexible. I know that @scribu had a plugin (which isn’t supported longer) that had the had support for ranges with the min & max for custom fields. But I haven’t seen anything like this for taxonomies.


Any help would be appreciated.

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You could take the query var and programatically expand the numbers between your minimum value and maximum value.

Assuming,20/ is rewritten to,20, then (pseudo code)

$parts = explode(get_query_var('age'), ',');
$min_val = $parts[0]; // Should be 10 in this example
$max_val = $parts[1]; // Should be 20 in this example
$range = range($min_val, $max_val); //
/* Blah blah blah lets jump to where you need to query the terms */
$args = array(
    'tax_query' => array(
        'taxonomy' => 'age',
        'field' => 'slug',
        'terms' => $range
$query = new WP_Query( $args );

This works well for things like numbers. But you could do a foreach loop over the $range array and make the values whatever you need them be.