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In the previous question I asked for a way to detect the 404 page from a plugin. Brandon gave me a good starting point with this answer. However, I wondered what method I could use to also detect wether the user is on any category/channel index page?

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  • I'm not entirely sure I understand what you're asking. Can you try to add an example or more specific details? Aug 13 '14 at 18:01
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That would require some sort of convention on your end which identifies what makes up a category/channel index page, as channels and categories don’t actually have an “index URL”.

For example you could decide that all sections’ index pages should have a URI that matches the section’s handle (not necessarily a good idea though, in the event that you want a URI that includes dashes). In that case you could do something like:

{% set segments = craft.request.getSegments() %}
{% if segments|length == 1 %}
    {% set section = craft.sections.getSectionByHandle(segments[0]) %}
    {% if section %}
        We’re on a section index!
    {% endif %}
{% endif %}

There is no corresponding function for getting a category group by its handle at this time, however.

A better approach might be to just leave it up to the templates to define whether they are supposed to be an index template. So in news/index.html, the template that you want to treat as the News index template, for example, you could put this:

{% set isIndex = true %}

Any layout templates that the index template extends will then have access to that isIndex variable.

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  • As always, thank you Brandon. Just what I was after. Sep 1 '14 at 11:47
  • It would be good to highlight this in the docs. Maybe as a 'common gotchas' tip.
    – ponies
    May 5 '20 at 17:17

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