I am having an issue outputting news stories that are filtered via a multi-select field, newsCategory is the the multi-select fied handle.

Here is my code

<div class="search-results search-results--col-three">
{% set selectedCategory = entry.newsCategory %}
{% set latestNews = craft.entries.section('news_entries')
 targetElement: selectedCategory,
 field: 'newsCategory'
 .orderBy('postDate desc')
 .all() %}

{% for news_entry in latestNews %}
    {# Display the filtered news entries as needed. #}
{% endfor %}

There are no errors with the code but it doesn't output any stories, if I take out

 targetElement: selectedCategory,
 field: 'newsCategory'})

I get all my stories output without the filter, so it looks like the issue is with this part of the code. I am using craft 4.5 and I'm not sure if the change to entification has affected this syntax .Any help is appreciated

1 Answer 1


You haven't executed your element query.

Try swapping out:

{% set selectedCategory = entry.newsCategory %}


{% set selectedCategory = entry.newsCategory.ids() %}
  • Ok tried that and I get this error : Neither the property "ids" nor one of the methods "ids()", "getids()"/"isids()"/"hasids()" or "__call()" exist and have public access in class "craft\fields\data\MultiOptionsFieldData".
    – bhackett
    Commented Sep 25, 2023 at 20:57
  • Sorry, I read your question too fast without paying enough attention! If you're using a multiselect (a questionable decision IMO, as they are a UI fraught with UX problems), then you can't use relatedTo, because the values are not elements. Only elements are "related to" each other. Instead you'd need to use a simple custom field query: craftcms.com/docs/4.x/… ... However, I'd recommend that you switch to using a proper category selector instead of a plain text multi-select field - it's a lot cleaner and more powerful. Commented Sep 26, 2023 at 9:03
  • Yes I think you are right; the custom field query is messy too. I'm going to switch to a category selector
    – bhackett
    Commented Sep 26, 2023 at 16:10

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