I wanted to get the number of articles inside category id=13.

How can I achieve this with PHP?

I've been searching and nothing.

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You can ask via SQL. It should be something like

$db = JFactory::getDbo();
$query = $db->getQuery(true);
$query->where($db->quoteName('catid')." = 13";

// Reset the query using our newly populated query object.
$count = $db->loadResult();

(This code is modified and from this source)

You probably also want to check whether the articles are published and/or visible by the user.


Try the following code:

$model = JModelLegacy::getInstance('Articles', 'ContentModel');
$model->setState('filter.category_id', 13); // Set category ID here
$articles = $model->getItems();

$num_articles = count($articles); // Returns the number of articles in category

$num_articles will contain the number of articles in the given category (not including subcategories).

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