I have a section with a matrix field that collects multiple notes for each entry, each marked by the date the note is entered. Conceptually, the data is organized within the entries as:

Entry A
     Jan 1     Note
     Mar 1     Note

Entry B
     Feb 1     Note
     Apr 1     Note

I would like to extract all the notes from all the entries, and then display the collected information sorted by the dates the notes were entered, as in:

Jan 1    Note     Entry A
Feb 1    Note     Entry B
Mar 1    Note     Entry A
Apr 1    Note     Entry B

Is this possible in Craft? I'm aware of the SuperSorter plugin, but am not sure whether what I am explaining is possible. If it is, I'm unclear about the syntax required to construct the query properly.


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Yes, you can do that with matrix block queries. Instead of going through entries to get the matrix blocks, you can query matrix blocks independently with a custom sort order.

{% set notesByDate = craft.matrixBlocks()
    .orderBy('note_date ASC')

Replace note with the handle of the matrix block type of your notes and note_date with the handle of the date field.

This will give you a list of matrix blocks. From the matrix blocks, you can get the owner entry using MatrixBlock::getOwner():

{% for note in notesByDate %}
    Date: {{ note.date | date('medium') }}
    Note: {{ note.note }}
    Entry: {{ note.getOwner().title }}
{% endfor %}

Limiting matrix blocks to specific section

You can't limit a matrix block query to a specific section directly since they don't belong to a section. Matrix blocks are owned by entries and those entries belong to a section. So you need to limit the matrix query to matrix blocks that are owned by the entries in that section:

{% set entriesInSection = craft.entries().section('myCustomSection').ids() %}
{% set notesByDateInCustomSection = craft.matrixBlocks()
    .orderBy('note_date ASC')
  • 1
    Brilliant - just what I needed. Thanks!
    – Ed Hebert
    Commented Jun 29, 2022 at 14:28
  • While this got me 99% of the way there, I use this particular matrix block in several sections of the site. I want to filter the output to results from a particular section. I found that Matrix Blocks to not accept a .section() parameter. Any way to filter these matrixBlock results by section?
    – Ed Hebert
    Commented Jun 29, 2022 at 15:36
  • @EdHebert I've added an example for limiting the query to a specific section!
    – MoritzLost
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 7:40
  • 1
    thanks so much - worked!
    – Ed Hebert
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 13:29

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