Currently collaborating on a site with another developer, which is using ElementAPI pretty heavily for content delivery.

Is there a way to limit the number of returns on any given json feed? Say; only return the 10 most recent entries in any given channel? Or order the returned data by a specified field asc/desc?

A sample code:

'trucks.json' => [
  'elementType' => 'Entry',
  'criteria' => ['section' => 'trucks'],
  'paginate' => false,
  'transformer' => function(EntryModel $entry) {
    return [

2 Answers 2


This should do the trick:

'criteria' => [
    'section' => 'trucks',
    'limit'   => 10,
    'order'   => 'title asc',

The Element Criteria Model documentation has more information about setting criteria.

Update for Craft 3.x*

The “order” element query param has been deprecated. Use “orderBy” instead.

* Craft v3.0.11 reports this in the /admin under deprecation errors

  • Ah that did the trick. I tried that but not from WITHIN criteria, only after criteria.
    – Noah Yamen
    Apr 19, 2017 at 19:00
  • Is there a means to change the sort via the api, versus doing it on the front-end?
    – Noah Yamen
    Apr 19, 2017 at 19:01
  • Updated my answer with an "order" parameter. Apr 19, 2017 at 19:05

Just setting the limit property doesn’t do the trick alone, you need to deactivate pagination, too:

'criteria' => [
    'section' => 'trucks',
    'limit'   => 10,
    'orderBy'   => 'title asc',
'paginate' => false,

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