So, for example:

Say I have two sections:

- Recipes
- Ingredients

Recipes can have many ingredients. Ingredients can have many recipes.

If I'm editing a Recipe, I can edit the ingredients. This updates the relationship so that when I edit ingredients it can show the associated recipes (and they are editable from the ingredients as well).

Is this possible with Craft?


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Just to make this more clear. What I'm trying to do is create a Many to Many relationship between two Sections of Entries so there is an association between the two that works both ways.

Another example of this would be if you have a User with many Roles. I can manage which Users belong to which Roles from the Roles section, and/or I could manage which Roles a User belongs to from the Users section.

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There's still a few kinks to work out, but I developed a plugin that solves this problem using Craft's native Many to Many relationship that already exists.

Basically, I've created a field type that links the relationship from the other side of things and allows you to add entries to it.

You can find it here: https://github.com/page-8/craft-manytomany

Thanks @Brandon Kelly for the help and guidance.

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    Great Peter, nice work! Go ahead and submit that to Straight Up Craft, if you haven't already... I'm sure others would find it useful as well! :)
    – Lindsey D
    Jul 12, 2014 at 23:34
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    Good call Lindsey. Done and done.
    – Peter Tell
    Jul 13, 2014 at 1:14

You can assign ingredients to recipes using the built-in Entries field type.

Then, to view which recipes an ingredient is used on, check out the Introvert plugin. It gives you a new field type that can be used to simply show reverse relationships, also providing links to edit those other entries.

  • Thanks for the Response Brandon. This is about half way there. The client has requested the editing be a two way street, meaning that they be able to add and remove associated recipes from the ingredients edit screen. This is beneficial because say they were to add a new ingredient, they can quickly associate it with all applicable recipes rather than having to open each individual recipe and add it there.
    – Peter Tell
    Jul 1, 2014 at 22:13
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    Ah, yeah. Currently that’s not possible with Introvert. Feature request! Jul 1, 2014 at 22:16

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