How to change excerpt length in WordPress

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to change the default excerpt length in WordPress.

By default, the excerpt length is set to 55 words. It works well with default themes but may look odd in your custom theme. Luckily, it’s easy to change.

Open the functions.php file and add the following function.

add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );
function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
  return 20; // the number of words to display
}

To show post excerpt in template use the code below. It will print post excerpt up to 20 words.

<?php the_excerpt(); ?>

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