How can I get category collection data from product ID? I have tried using the following way but it's not working for me.

$product = $this->_productFactory->create()->getCollection()->load($pid);
$cats = $product->getCategoryIds();
if(count($cats) ){
    $firstCategoryId = $cats[0];
    $_category = $this->_categoryFactory->create()->getCollection()->load($firstCategoryId);
    return $_category->getName();
$product = $this->_productFactory->create()->load($pid);
$cats = $product->getCategoryIds();
if(count($cats) ){
    $firstCategoryId = $cats[0];
    $_category = $this->_categoryFactory->create()->load($firstCategoryId);
    return $_category->getName();
  • 2
    You should use the CategoryRepository to get an existent category (see post of Giel Berkers). – Matthias Kleine Jun 2 '17 at 6:33
  • hi @Sohel, this code gives the category where product is not assigned. – jafar pinjar Oct 23 '19 at 7:01

Note that all above answers are not really the correct way to do it in Magento 2. Magento 2 introduced service contracts and data models as a new way to fetch this kind of data.

For example $model->load() is deprecated since 2.1, and collections ought to be replaced with repositories and it's uniform getList()-method that uses search criteria.

The Magento Way of fetching the categories according to a product ID would be:

// Get a product Data Model from the repository:
$product = $this->productRepository->getById($productId);

// Fetch the 'category_ids' attribute from the Data Model.
if ($categoryIds = $product->getCustomAttribute('category_ids')) {
    foreach ($categoryIds->getValue() as $categoryId) {
        $category = $this->categoryRepository->get($categoryId);
  • Can this work with multiple store views? I am getting all store views categories when I want the ones for current store. – harri Oct 24 '17 at 11:50
  • 1
    Magento\Catalog\Api\CategoryRepositoryInterface::get() has a second parameter $storeId that you can use to get the category for a specific store. – Giel Berkers Oct 24 '17 at 12:19
  • Thanks for the quick reply, do you think you could show me an example? ->get($categoryId, $storeId); ? – harri Oct 24 '17 at 12:38
  • How do you get a repository? I cannot find one for Magento\Widget\Model\Widget\InstanceFactory, for example. – Jānis Elmeris Nov 1 '17 at 17:19

You don't need to load the entire category which does too many sql queries.

/** @var \Magento\Catalog\Api\CategoryAttributeRepositoryInterface $this->categoryAttributeRepository */
$nameAttribute = $this->categoryAttributeRepository->get('name');

/** @var \Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Category $categoryResource */
$categoryResource = $this->categoryResourceFactory->create();
$value = $categoryResource->getAttributeRawValue(

// Additionally for other types of attributes (select, multiselect, ..)
$category = $this->categoryFactory->create();
$category->setData('name', $value);

// Final value as seen on frontend
$mixed = $nameAttribute->getFrontend()->getValue($category);

As you have using getCollection() to $this->_categoryFactory->create()->getCollection()->load($firstCategoryId); that $_category given a category collection instead of single category object

for your case,getting category name use from $_category add getFirstItem();

return   $_category->getFirstItem()->getName();

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