I have a taxonomy called services and want to list out all the terms. I can load the vocab with

 $vocabulary = taxonomy_vocabulary_machine_name_load('Services')

but cannot seen to get all the terms out.

  • can you write detailed code?
    – monymirza
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:51

2 Answers 2


There are a few ways but I prefer entity_load():

$vocabulary = taxonomy_vocabulary_machine_name_load('Services');
$terms = entity_load('taxonomy_term', FALSE, array('vid' => $vocabulary->vid));

You could also use:

  • 1
    Can you please explain the advantages of using entity_load ?
    – niksmac
    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:51
  • 4
    @NikhilM It's less characters to type than taxonomy_term_load_multiple() which is why I personally prefer it. Using taxonomy_get_tree() introduces unnecessary levels of complexity to the queries involved, unless you specifically need the terms in their original hierarchy (which OP didn't specify)
    – Clive
    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:59
  • I like it, I think the answer below is a bit easier to read though.
    – LeBlaireau
    Mar 4, 2013 at 13:07
  • @welovedesign Really? I prefer 2 lines over 6 but that's just personal preference :) As long as it's under 80 characters you're still adhering to Drupal's coding standards too
    – Clive
    Mar 4, 2013 at 13:08
  • My +1 for the adhering to Drupal's coding standards
    – niksmac
    Mar 4, 2013 at 13:23

I would like to use this code.

$name = 'YOUR_VOCAB_NAME';
$myvoc = taxonomy_vocabulary_machine_name_load($name);
$tree = taxonomy_get_tree($myvoc->vid);
foreach ($tree as $term) {
 echo $term->tid;



  • If you have a multilingual site, this does not work as desired. If I want all the terms, regardless of the language, this does not give you proper results. "taxonomy_get_tree" will parse results based on language. the above answer works for me Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00

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