Entries Fields

Entries fields allow you to relate entries to other elements.

# Settings

Entries fields have the following settings:

  • Sources – Which sections (or other entry index sources) the field should be able to relate entries from.
  • Limit – The maximum number of entries that can be related with the field at once. (Default is no limit.)
  • 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 entries from a specific site? – Whether to only allow relations to entries from a specific site.

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

    If disabled, related entries 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 entries.

# The Field

Entries fields list all of the currently-related entries, with a button to select new ones.

Clicking the “Add an entry” button will bring up a modal window where you can find and select additional entries. You can create new entries from this modal as well, by clicking the “New entry” button.

# Inline Entry Editing

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

# Templating

# Querying Elements with Entries Fields

When querying for elements that have an Entries field, you can filter the results based on the Entries 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 entries.
':notempty:' that have at least one related entry.
100 that are related to the entry with an ID of 100.
[100, 200] that are related to an entry with an ID of 100 or 200.
['and', 100, 200] that are related to the entries with IDs of 100 and 200.
an Entry object that are related to the entry.
an EntryQuery object that are related to any of the resulting entries.
{# Fetch artwork entries that are related to `artist` #}
{% set works = craft.entries()
    .section('artwork')
    .myFieldHandle(artist)
    .all() %}

# Working with Entries Field Data

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

{% set query = entry.myFieldHandle %}

That will give you an entry query, prepped to output all of the related entries for the given field.

To loop through all of the related entries, call all() and then loop over the results:

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

If you only want the first related entry, call one() instead, and then make sure it returned something:

{% set rel = entry.myFieldHandle.one() %}
{% if rel %}
    <p><a href="{{ rel.url }}">{{ rel.title }}</a></p>
{% endif %}

If you just need to check if there are any related entries (but don’t need to fetch them), you can call exists():

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

You can set parameters on the entry query as well. For example, to only fetch entries in the news section, set the section param:

{% set relatedEntries = clone(entry.myFieldHandle)
    .section('news')
    .all() %}

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

# Saving Entries Fields

If you have an element form, such as an entry form, that needs to contain an Entries field, you will need to submit your field value as a list of entry IDs, in the order you want them to be related.

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 entry options #}
{% set possibleEntries = craft.entries()
    .section('galleries')
    .orderBy('title ASC')
    .all() %}

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

<ul>
    {% for possibleEntry in possibleEntries %}
        <li>
            <label>
                {{ input(
                    'checkbox',
                    'fields[myFieldHandle][]',
                    possibleEntry.id,
                    { checked: possibleEntry.id in relatedEntryIds }
                ) }}
                {{ possibleEntry.title }}
            </label>
        </li>
    {% endfor %}
</ul>

You could then make the checkbox list sortable, so users have control over the order of related entries.

# See Also