is it possible to grab all the entries in a section that arent related to a category?

So something like


Doesnt seem to work but is there some other syntax?

4 Answers 4


If you want to do it in a single query, Marion's answer is probably the best.

Otherwise, you could do something like this:

{% set idsHavingCategory = craft.entries.section('news').relatedTo(category).limit(null).ids() %}

{% set omitIds = 'and, not ' ~ idsHavingCategory|join(', not ') %}

{% set entries = craft.entries.section('news').id(omitIds) %}

Inspired by this article, which shows how to (1) grab ids, and (2) query against them:


Also references related solutions found in these answers:

  • I know, old question. But any idea how to combine this with a separate query? I'm looking to list entries that either do not have a category, or a specific category. It's proving to be quite a challenge. Mar 8, 2022 at 15:20
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    @Athoxx If you want to merge two queries, here is an old article (it describes Craft 2) which does a great job of explaining the basic concept. Perform both queries and get ids, then use the IDs in a follow up query.
    – Lindsey D
    Mar 8, 2022 at 18:25

I got this to work with search:

{% set uncategorizedEntries
  = craft.entries.section('news').search('-category:*') %}

Here category is the category field. You are searching everything in news which does not have a category field that matches *.

  • hmm yea i guess that would work but i cant imagine thats very performant. Hoping theres a more direct route to get this to work but maybe not yet. Jul 3, 2015 at 14:52

Another approach -- that might work for you -- is to filter on the output, rather than the query. For instance, using this query:

{% set entries = craft.entries.section('news') %}

Output using this loop:

{% for entry in entries if entry.category is empty %}
{% endfor %}



Not sure if this will help much, but I did something similar with:

{% set allNews = craft.entries.section('news') %)


{% for entry in allNews.id("not #{category.id}") ... {% endfor %}

Hope that helps in some way.

  • On second thought, I don't think this is going to be what you're looking for. I'll leave it though, in-case it helps in some other way.
    – Nicolaides
    Jul 2, 2015 at 17:56
  • yea thats not really what i need i need to fet all the entries not in a category Jul 3, 2015 at 14:51

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