If I have a field of checkboxes, I'd like to be able to access them by the name of each checkbox as the variable name, and the 0 or 1 checked state as the value. Said variables need to be accessible beyond the for loop.

For example (doesn't work):

{% for checkbox in checkboxes %}
    {% set {{ checkbox }} = checkbox.selected %}
{% endfor %}

I've looked into things and seen answers mentioning _context, attribute(), and the like, but haven't been able to get anything to work.

In short, if I have a checkboxes field with a single checkbox whose name is my_checkbox, label is "My Checkbox", and is checked in an entry, I'd like to be able to use {{ my_checkbox }} to output "1" (i.e. it's checked).

  • You want to dynamically create Twig variables with the names based on selected labels in a checkbox field?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 22:01
  • I believe so, yes. I think in PHP it's called "variable variables"...?
    – Sandwich
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 23:41
  • I can't image the use-case for this. :) But I don't think it'll be possible from Twig alone. Are you comfortable with PHP/Craft plugins?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 23:56
  • The use case was to be able to refer to the checkbox value outside the for loop. I've since reread the docs for Checkboxes and found entry.checkboxFieldHandle.contains('tequila'). >.<
    – Sandwich
    Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 16:09
  • Ahh... would you mind adding what worked for you as an official answer?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 17:30

1 Answer 1


So I had missed the entry.checkboxFieldHandle.contains('tequila') line in the docs, which allows me to access the checkbox values outside the for loop.

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