I would like to build an alphabetical list of craft entries, but group them by the initials of one field of each entry. Thus, getting some kind of alphabetical index, like


  • Apples
  • Ananas


  • Beer

How do I do that?

1 Answer 1


First, sort all entries by multiple criteria:

{# get our entries and order by firstname, lastname #}
{% set allEntries = craft.entries.section('entries').orderBy('lastname asc, firstname asc').all() %}

Then use craft's custom "group" filter (lastname[:1] picks the first letter):

{# group them by the first letter of the last name https://docs.craftcms.com/v3/dev/filters.html#group #}
{% set allEntriesByGroup = allEntries | group('lastname[:1]') %}

Then loop through that multidimensional array (firstletter, entriesInGroup) is key -> value in twig:

{% for firstletter, entriesInGroup in allEntriesByGroup %}
    {% for entry in entriesInGroup %}
       <li>{{entry.lastname}}, {{entry.firstname}}</li>
    {% endfor %}
{% endfor %}
  • The reason I'm posting it is I first thought I had to do the array manipulation in twig – but then found out twig doesn't really support that, by design – and finally, found out craft provides a great set of tools on top of twig like those custom filters
    – Urs
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 6:43
  • Here's another option from a previous SE thread: craftcms.stackexchange.com/a/22397/278 (not updated for Craft 3).
    – CraftQuest
    Commented Aug 27, 2018 at 2:02

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