I have a channel called 'projects'. This channel has two entries fields:

  • relatedThemes
  • relatedAreas

What I want to do is perform a search query which filters all projects where the relatedThemes field has an entry with a certain id.

I figured out how to search custom fields. Here's an example of a filter with a plain text field with a handle test.

{% set entries = craft.entries({
  section: 'projects'
}).search('test:testValue') %}

This returns all project entries where the test field has the testValue value, as expected.

But I can't seem to make this work with an entries field. I thought I could do something like this

{% set entries = craft.entries({
  section: 'projects'
}).search('entriesfield.id:relatedThemesID') %}

But this does not work.

Another important thing is that I can't actually use template logic, because the query is to be used in the element api (for Craft 2).

I'm not a backend dev, so I test the criteria array in templates first and then convert it to php.

So the correct criteria array for the test text field would be

'criteria' => [
  'section' => 'projects',
  'test' => 'testValue'
  • If Robin Schambach's answer was the one that helped you fix this consider checking this answer as the correct one. It helps others on here to find answers faster. – xaddict Apr 26 '18 at 9:04
  • Done @xaddict . Pretty new to stackexchange, so thanks for the tip! – svrbst Apr 27 '18 at 7:49
  • No problem 👍🏼 – xaddict Apr 28 '18 at 9:32

Have you read the docs about relations?

'criteria' => [
    'section' => 'projects', 
    'test' => 'testValue' 
    'relatedTo' => id

Just replace id with the ID of your element

If you want to filter a specific field you have to include it as an array

'relatedTo' => [
    'sourceElement' => id,
    'field' => 'fieldHandle'
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  • Indeed, relatedTo was the missing key! Thanks a lot. – svrbst Apr 25 '18 at 7:23

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