WordPress Rest API: filter Posts using a tax_query

Amend the default posts endpoint of the WordPress API to allow a tax_query which will return posts tagged with a given term.

The WordPress REST API is a powerful, flexible and extensible method of pushing and pulling data to and from your WordPress site. The default queries supported by the /posts endpoint, however, do not offer the kind of flexibility we are used to enjoying with WP Query.

If you find yourself needing to perform a tax_query on the posts returned by your API endpoint, the following snippet will help. In this particular example, we’re using a custom taxonomy of ‘country’ and the slug of the term in question, though this can easily be amended to work with a different term field such as ID.

The object is to allow us to return all posts tagged with Europe by making a request to:


In order to do this, we need to append a tax_query to the WP query that runs on the /posts endpoint. The filter does exactly that when a request parameter named country_slug is present:

function rest_filter_by_custom_taxonomy( $args, $request ) {

    if ( isset($request['country_slug']) )
        $country_slug = sanitize_text_field($request['country_slug']);
        $args['tax_query'] = [
                'taxonomy' => 'country',
                'field'    => 'slug',
                'terms'    => $country_slug,

    return $args;

add_filter('rest_post_query', 'rest_filter_by_custom_taxonomy', 10, 3);

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