On Craft 3 I am iterating over matrix elements and I need to check if a certain property "videoPoster" exists. It's an asset field, so I actually want to check its length, but I'am already failing to check if it's available...

"ce" is one block of my matrix, this is what I'm doing:

{{ ce.videoPoster is defined ? 'yes' : 'no' }}

Works, gives me a nice "Yes"

Anything else does not work:

{{ ce.videoPoster is defined and ce.videoPoster ? 'yes' : 'no' }}
{{ ce.videoPoster is defined and ce.videoPoster is not null ? 'yes' : 'no' }}
{{ ce.videoPoster is defined and ce.videoPoster | length ? 'yes' : 'no' }}

Exception: Calling unknown method: craft\elements\MatrixBlock::videoPoster()

What is the correct check? I just want to know if I can call ce.videoPost.one()

2 Answers 2


Just found the trick: When you access an object in array style, you can test via is defined


{{ object['property'] is defined ? 'defined' : 'not defined' }}

and you will get reliable results.

  • I would like to stress that checking for defined using the dot notation E.G. {{ object.property is defined ? 'defined' : 'not defined' }} is also possible. This works multiple levels deep. Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 16:23

So in general, for things like this, I think the null coalescing operator in Twig is really useful. Something like {% set myImage = entry.someImage ?? entry.someOtherImage ?? null %} will set myImage to the first thing that is defined and is not null, from left to right.

  • Thanks. I think this is helpful in some cases, but doesn't help here. I just want to know, if I can access the property, and if it contains at least one time (a selected asset) Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 6:44

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