I would like to allow registered users to submit entries to sections. The documentation didn't mention how to get the values and labels of dropdown / checkbox / multiselect fields to show them as options on the submitting page. I can't use the entry variable because the entry is not saved yet.

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You can get info about your fields using craft.fields.getFieldByHandle(). That will include a settings property, which will be an array of the field type’s settings.

The actual settings available will differ depending on the field type, but Dropdown, Checkboxes, and Multi-select fields all have the same one: options. So in each of their cases, here’s how you would loop through the options:

{% set field = craft.fields.getFieldByHandle('myFieldHandle') %}
{% for opt in field.settings.options %}
        <input name="fields[myFieldHandle][]" type="checkbox" value="{{ opt.value }}">
        {{ opt.label }}
{% endfor %}
  • I tried to figure this out a while ago but couldn't. I don't think field.settings is mentioned anywhere in the docs, unless I'm mistaken? It's quite handy when you want to grab generic field options rather than setting up user or entry.
    – Rob
    Feb 17, 2016 at 18:29
  • Why do you have the <input>'s name parameter set to fields[myFieldHandle][] instead of just myFieldHandle[] - or even more automated, field.handle[]?
    – Sandwich
    Apr 27, 2016 at 19:53
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    @Sandwich Because Craft expects all of the custom field POST values to be tucked away in a fields namespace. Apr 27, 2016 at 19:55
  • Ok, so would the automated ideal be fields[{{ field.handle }}][]?
    – Sandwich
    Apr 27, 2016 at 20:00
  • @Sandwich Yeah you could do fields[{{ field.handle }}][] if you want. Seems overkill in this example since field was literally fetched by its handle, so not much need to make it dynamic here. Apr 28, 2016 at 3:20

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