I want to query some entries in a section.

I am able to write a query using a GET Param as a filter on the title field. If I want to query a custom field however I need to know the precise column otherwise craft yells at me.

How do I get to this information?

The following code is a very basic example of what I mean.

$request = Craft::$app->request;

$query = Entry::find()->section('profiles');
    $param = $request->getParam('name');
    $query->orWhere(['like', '`content`.`title`', $param]);
    $query->orWhere(['like', '`content`.`field_nationality_gkpaccfs`', $param]);

return $query->all();

Or is there a better alternative on how to query entries on multiple properties? I know that $query->title(...) would work, but I do not know how to chain multiple of those together using OR.

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It's actually OK to hard code the complete field column name (i.e. field_nationality_gkpaccfs) – it won't change between environments, or if the field is resaved (unless you change the handle, of course).

If you don't want to do that, you can do this:

use craft\helpers\ElementHelper;

$nationalityField = Craft::$app->getFields()->getFieldByHandle('nationality');
$nationalityFieldColumn = ElementHelper::fieldColumnFromField($nationalityField);

$query->orWhere(['like', '`content`.`' . $nationalityFieldColumn . '`', $param]);
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    Thanks, this was exactly what I was looking for. It just seems wrong to write such a generated column name directly into the code, I much prefer using the ElementHelper Class. Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 7:47
  • Yeah I agree :) Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 8:07

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