Is it possible to allow selecting drafts in an entries field? Not drafts of an existing live entry, but drafts that aren't published yet.

The only thing I found is an ElementCriteriaEvent triggered in the BaseRelationField class which allows you to add selection criteria for the field, but I couldn't figure out a way to change the allowable statuses using the criteria (by the way, is the syntax for those criteria arrays documented anywhere?).

Here's my attempt which doesn't work:

use craft\events\ElementCriteriaEvent;
use craft\fields\Entries;
use yii\base\Event;

    function (ElementCriteriaEvent $e) {
        $e->criteria = ['status' => ['live', 'draft']];

1 Answer 1


drafts is not a status but an Element Query parameter so if you want drafts to be return as well as live entries, you can do:

    function (\craft\events\ElementCriteriaEvent $e) {
        $e->criteria = ['drafts'=> null];

Passing true would only return Drafts, false (default) no Drafts and null takes it out of the query.

  • Thanks, works perfectly! Unfortunately, while drafts now show up for selection, they're thrown out upon saving because the BaseRelationField::normalizeValue function doesn't allow drafts. I've opened an issue on Github about this – hopefully that leads somewhere, as it stands the only way to allow selecting drafts would be to extend the entries field and to modify the normalizeValue method to allow drafts.
    – MoritzLost
    Oct 14, 2021 at 8:39

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