In Twig code you can use craft->entries->relatedTo to do all sorts of neat things.

From plugin code I am not sure how this works?

$c = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Entry);
$c->section = 'concepts';
$c->relatedTo(array('targetElement'=>$e, 'field'=>'entry'));
$concepts = $c->find();

This doesn't throw an error - but it doesn't work either.

How can I use the criteria model to retrieve entries that have some relationship?


1 Answer 1


You're very close! Try this:

$criteria = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Entry);
$criteria->section = 'concepts';
$criteria->limit   = null;
$criteria->relatedTo = array(
    'targetElement' => $e,
    'field'         => $field
$elements = craft()->elements->findElements($criteria);

Keep in mind, in this instance, $field is the field object which can be retrieved with something like the following:

$singleFieldModel = craft()->fields->getFieldById($singleField);

See the documentation (https://craftcms.com/classreference/services/FieldsService) for other ways to get a field object.

  • Thanks! Even more valuable than the correction solution was the link to craftcms.com/classreference! No more grep'ing the source code!
    – gromgull
    Commented Sep 3, 2014 at 14:27
  • Totally. P&T released that a few weeks ago and it's been pretty invaluable.
    – Peter Tell
    Commented Sep 3, 2014 at 14:28
  • Don't know if this has changed since you posted it, but now it seems field should get the field handle, and not the field object.
    – KnutSv
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 16:09

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