A lot of our stuff has uris formatted like site/taxonomy/XX, where XX is an integer.

I found a lot of questions like "how to get the TID from the name?", but I'd like to get the name from the TID. I'm trying to put together a breadcrumb script and everything is great except for these cases where I'm getting a trail like "home > term". Instead I want to have it like "home > <TERM NAME>".

How can I do so?

  • Great answers. Only for info: For those who want to do the opposite - i.e. get tid from term name, there is a Q&A for that too: drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/36594/… Hope this is helpful as Search Engines when looking for answers don't seem to understand the ordering of what one needs in terms of 'from' and 'to'. – therobyouknow Mar 12 '18 at 11:46

If you're using Drupal 7 you can use taxonomy_term_load()

$term = taxonomy_term_load($tid);
$name = $term->name;

If you've got a bunch of term IDs you can save having to run a single query for each load by using taxonomy_term_load_multiple():

$tids = array(1, 2, 3);
$terms = taxonomy_term_load_multiple($tids);

foreach ($terms as $term) {
  $name = $term->name;

If you're stuck using Drupal 6 you can use taxonomy_get_term():

$term = taxonomy_get_term($tid);
$name = $term->name;

There's no multiple-load option for Drupal 6 that I know of unfortunately.

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  • thank you very very much wish i could extra plus for the version support :D – Brodie Jul 23 '12 at 16:09
  • additional question: I think this along the same lines, is it pretty easy to set it so the urls read site/<term name> ? or would i have to set that for each individual term? – Brodie Jul 23 '12 at 16:10
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    You can do it on a term-by-term basis but that's pretty laborious. The pathauto module was written just for this sort of situation, you can use it to define patterns to auto-assign aliases to terms/content/users/etc. – Clive Jul 23 '12 at 16:26

In Drupal 8, you can get the name of taxonomy terms this way:

$term = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->load($tid);

$name = $term->label();

Or to load multiple:

$terms = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->loadMultiple($tids);

foreach($terms as $term) {
  $name = $term->label();
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  • I get this error - Notice: Undefined property: Drupal\Core\Entity\Plugin\DataType\EntityReference::$target – Diana Apr 7 '17 at 13:39
  • This worked for me. Thanks – Binny Sep 10 at 21:05

The following function returns the name of a taxonomy term based on its tid:

function get_term($tid) {
  return db_select('taxonomy_term_data', 't')
  ->fields('t', array('name'))
  ->condition('tid', $tid)
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    It's not advisable to use database functions when you can achieve the same thing with an API function. – Kartagis Jul 8 '15 at 7:57
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    In some case it's better to use database function because the API functions load a big volume of data – houmem Oct 25 '15 at 20:17
  • Also useful when taxonomy access permission modules restrict access – Dimetry Mar 18 '17 at 18:48

For D7:

$term = taxonomy_get_term_by_name($term_name, $vocab_name);  
  foreach($term as $key => $data) {  
    $tid = $data->tid;  



For D8:

$term_name = \Drupal\taxonomy\Entity\Term::load(2)->get('name')->value;  
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It is possible to obtain the name of the term in Drupal 8 in the following way:

//Obtain the term.
$term= taxonomy_term_load($tid);

//get the field name

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