I am trying to view an entry, even if it disabled on the front end but having no luck.

On the _entry.html (which works perfectly for entries that are live), I have tried the following. Am I missing something?

{% set entry = craft.entries.slug(entry.slug).status(null).first %}


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Out of the box, Craft won't even load your _entry.html file for a disabled entry – it'll just throw a 404.

To work around that, you can create a dynamic route which matches the entry type URL format 1:1, and point that route to the same template (i.e. _entry.html).

For instance, if your entry type's URL format is news/{postDate.year}/{slug}, you'd create a dynamic route using the "year" and "slug" tokens (i.e. news/(year)/(slug)). Then, Craft will automatically match your dynamic route whenever an entry URL doesn't (e.g. when the entry is disabled).

You're not home free yet, though – as you're probably aware, Craft automatically populates a template with an entry variable whenever the current URL request matches an entry type's URL format, and an enabled entry is found at that URL. This won't be the case for any entries matched by your dynamic route, so put this at the top of your template (replacing the line in your question!):

{% set entry = entry ?? slug ? craft.entries.section('yourSectionHandle').slug(slug).status(null).first() %}
{% if not entry %}
    {% exit 404 %}
{% endif %}

What the above does, is to test for the entry variable Craft would set if the entry was enabled. If that evaluates to false, then it checks to see if there's a slug variable set – which there will be if the URL was matched by the dynamic route. If there is a slug, it'll then attempt to pull the entry using craft.entries, similar to your initial code. Finally, if an entry is not found, it'll throw a 404 error, as it should.

In your template, you can easily test for the entry's status:

{% if not entry.enabled %}
    <p>Danger danger! I am disabled!</p>
{% endif %}
  • That's awesome. Works perfectly. Thanks for the quick response.
    – Matt Price
    Jul 15, 2016 at 16:54
  • That's great! I added a little ting in my answer – it's probably a good idea to include .section('yourSectionHandle') in the craft.entries query, as entries belonging to different sections can have identical slugs. Jul 15, 2016 at 17:06

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