Categories Fields

Categories fields allow you to relate categories to other elements.

# Settings

Categories fields have the following settings:

  • Source – Which category group (or other category index source) the field should be able to relate categories from.

  • Branch Limit – The maximum number of category tree branches that can be related with the field at once. (Default is no limit.)

    For example, if you have the following category group:

    ├── Fruit
    │   ├── Apples
    │   ├── Bananas
    │   └── Oranges
    └── Vegetables
        ├── Brussels sprouts
        ├── Carrots
        └── Celery

    …and Branch Limit was set to 1, you would be able to relate Fruit, Vegetables, or one of their descendants, but no more than that.

  • Selection Label – The label that should be used on the field’s selection button.

# Multi-Site Settings

On multi-site installs, the following settings will also be available (under “Advanced”):

  • Relate categories from a specific site? – Whether to only allow relations to categories from a specific site.

    If enabled, a new setting will appear where you can choose which site.

    If disabled, related categories will always be pulled from the current site.

  • Manage relations on a per-site basis – Whether each site should get its own set of related categories.

# The Field

Categories fields list all the currently-related categories with a button to select new ones.

Choosing Add a category will bring up a modal window where you can find and select additional categories. You can create new categories from this modal as well, by choosing New category.

When you select a nested category, all the ancestors leading up to that category will also automatically be related. Likewise, when you remove a category from within the main field input, any of its descendants will also be removed.

# Inline Category Editing

When you double-click on a related category, a HUD will appear where you can edit the category’s title and custom fields.

# Development

# Querying Elements with Categories Fields

When querying for elements that have a Categories field, you can filter the results based on the Categories field data using a query param named after your field’s handle.

Possible values include:

Value Fetches elements…
':empty:' that don’t have any related categories.
':notempty:' that have at least one related category.
100 that are related to the category with an ID of 100.
[100, 200] that are related to a category with an ID of 100 or 200.
['and', 100, 200] that are related to the categories with IDs of 100 and 200.
an Category (opens new window) object that are related to the category.
an CategoryQuery (opens new window) object that are related to any of the resulting categories.
{# Fetch entries with a related category #}
{% set entries = craft.entries()
    .all() %}

# Working with Categories Field Data

If you have an element with a Categories field in your template, you can access its related categories using your Categories field’s handle:

{% set query = entry.myFieldHandle %}

That will give you a category query, prepped to output all the related categories for the given field.

To loop through all the related categories as a flat list, call all() (opens new window) and then loop over the results:

{% set relatedCategories = entry.myFieldHandle.all() %}
{% if relatedCategories|length %}
        {% for rel in relatedCategories %}
            <li><a href="{{ rel.url }}">{{ rel.title }}</a></li>
        {% endfor %}
{% endif %}

Or you can show them as a hierarchical list with the nav tag:

{% set relatedCategories = entry.myFieldHandle.all() %}
{% if relatedCategories|length %}
        {% nav rel in relatedCategories %}
                <a href="{{ rel.url }}">{{ rel.title }}</a>
                {% ifchildren %}
                        {% children %}
                {% endifchildren %}
        {% endnav %}
{% endif %}

If you only want the first related category, call one() (opens new window) instead and make sure it returned something:

{% set rel = %}
{% if rel %}
    <p><a href="{{ rel.url }}">{{ rel.title }}</a></p>
{% endif %}

If you need to check for related categories without fetching them, you can call exists() (opens new window):

{% if entry.myFieldHandle.exists() %}
    <p>There are related categories!</p>
{% endif %}

You can set parameters on the category query as well. For example, to only fetch the “leaves” (categories without any children), set the leaves param:

{% set relatedCategories = clone(entry.myFieldHandle)
    .all() %}

It’s always a good idea to clone the category query using the clone() function before adjusting its parameters, so the parameters don’t have unexpected consequences later on in your template.

# Saving Categories Fields

If you have an element form, such as an entry form (opens new window), that needs to contain a Categories field, you will need to submit your field value as a list of category IDs.

For example, you could create a list of checkboxes for each of the possible relations:

{# Include a hidden input first so Craft knows to update the existing value
   if no checkboxes are checked. #}
{{ hiddenInput('fields[myFieldHandle]', '') }}

{# Get all of the possible category options #}
{% set possibleCategories = craft.categories()
    .all() %}

{# Get the currently related category IDs #}
{% set relatedCategoryIds = entry is defined
    ? entry.myFieldHandle.ids()
    : [] %}

    {% nav possibleCategory in possibleCategories %}
                {{ input(
                    { checked: in relatedCategoryIds }
                ) }}
                {{ possibleCategory.title }}
            {% ifchildren %}
                    {% children %}
            {% endifchildren %}
    {% endfor %}

Note that it’s not possible to customize the order that categories will be related in, and if a nested category is related, so will each of its ancestors.

# See Also