When I have a folder setup for template partials, is there a way I could automatically populate a drop-down with the list of templates in that folder?

This would be useful in the case where I have a complex matrix field set, and would like to select a partial to render or include along with the block's content.

If the drop-down were automatically populated, it would eliminate a lot of time setting up the drop-downs in the backend, and would make it much easier to deploy new feature sets across many Craft based sites as they are developed or improved.

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try using this:


to populate this plugin with the template names:


  • Works great Luke. {% for template in craft.dir.templates('some/folder') %} { "value":"{{ template }}" , "label":"{{ template }}" }{% if not loop.last %},{% endif %} {% endfor %} Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 2:54
  • thanks @pixelJitsu i still think there is a good market for a template selector field plugin, but this is a good stopgap. :) Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57

This would be a good task for a plugin.

You'd essentially need to build the plugin to do a couple of things:

(1) Use PHP in a service to list the contents of a directory. Once you have that list, you'd then need to...

(2) Deliver that information to the front end via a custom field type. You can then use your new custom field type wherever you'd like.


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