Within a plugin I am fetching existing entries using the CriteriaModel class as documented here http://buildwithcraft.com/docs/plugins/working-with-elements#fetching-elements, specifically like this:

$existing = craft()->elements->getCriteria($this->entry->elementType)->first(array(
    'someHandle' => 'someValue'

However I am finding this only returns a result if an ENABLED entry is found. I can see that I can search for ONE particular enabled state as follows:

$existing = craft()->elements->getCriteria($this->entry->elementType)->first(array(
    'someHandle' => 'someValue', 
    'enabled' => 1


$existing = craft()->elements->getCriteria($this->entry->elementType)->first(array(
    'someHandle' => 'someValue', 
    'enabled' => 0

But how can I search for ALL entries regardless of the enabled state?

And also, what is the difference between the status and enabled properties on the model? I can see constants for ENABLED, DISABLED and ARCHIVED. I'm not clear on how this differs from the boolean value that the enabled property has.

1 Answer 1


I haven't tried this in php, but on the 'template' side there is an attribute called 'status' which you might try. I assume it would work in php as well.

$existing = craft()->elements->getCriteria($this->entry->elementType)->first(array(
    'someHandle' => 'someValue', 
    'status' => null

Default is 'live'; other values would be 'live', 'pending', 'expired', 'disabled', and null. Here's the docs for craft.entries.status. Let us know if it works.

  • What Douglas said. There’s actually no enabled criteria parameter; only status. Setting it to null will prevent the elements’ statuses from getting factored into the query. Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 19:30
  • Thanks guys. A follow up though - I can see I can use null to get ALL, but if I only want live and pending, how do I do that? In PHP.
    – Russ Back
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 21:57
  • Again, on the backend I'm not 100% sure, but I think that you can simply place all the options in an array like so: 'status' => ['live', 'pending'] or you might also try 'status' => ['and', 'live', 'pending'] or perhaps 'status' => array('and', 'live', 'pending'). Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 22:31
  • If this answer is any indication it should be the latter 'status' => array('and', 'live', 'pending') Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 22:51

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