Using Drupal 7, I want to create a simple block that will be on all taxonomy term pages that will show the first parent of the current term (there will be a tree of parents, but I want just the next highest).

The below code works to pull the current term name, but I'm unsure how to go about pulling the parent term of this term page.

$current = taxonomy_term_load(arg(2));
if ($current):
echo $current->name;

Any suggestions?

2 Answers 2


I had to create a new question to get the answer (PHP is not my strong point).

$parent is actually an array, so it's output is a little different. There's likely many ways of doing it, but

echo reset($parent)->name;

worked for me.

  • if $parent is an array, the correct way to access it is $parent['name']
    – Beebee
    Jan 20, 2015 at 0:26

You get the parent term with taxonomy_get_parents($tid). So you can just add:

$parent = taxonomy_get_parents($current->tid);
if ($parent){
  echo $parent->name;
  • Thanks for the help, but I am getting an error with the first line. Notice: Undefined variable, and Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in eval() Jan 7, 2015 at 17:05
  • Silly me, I removed the previous code so there was no $current variable. I added it back, now I only have the error "Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in eval() " on the code line "echo $parent->name;". Jan 8, 2015 at 1:28
  • This is also being used in a simple text block with the PHP filter option, not sure if that is causing this not to work as maybe this code is to be used in a template only? Jan 8, 2015 at 1:31
  • Adding print_r($parent); shows that it is pulling the data correctly, I just don't know PHP/Drupal well enough to know why echo $parent->name; is not displaying properly. Jan 8, 2015 at 1:56

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