I have a category that I'm trying to load via a plugin. Looking at the categories service I see there is a function called "getCategoryById" but I don't know what the ID is so instead I'm loading the category group thinking that the ID provided there is what I need, apparently it is not.

Kinda of stumped on this one. Any advice?


  • Hey Matt - what infomormation do you have about the category? Name, level, slug? Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 16:28

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Depending on what you are searching by, you can use something similar to this. You can see the properties you can search by in the documentation.

$criteria = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Category);
$criteria->group = 'CategoryGroupName';
$criteria->title = 'CategoryTitle';
$criteria->limit = 1;

$category = $criteria->find();
  • Doesn't craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Category); technically load all categories? If so I want to avoid the overhead.
    – Matt V
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 16:37
  • Nope! It loads an element criteria model of type Category. That simply allows you to query against Category properties like group, title, level, etc. (source) Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 16:41
  • Oh ok. Cool. I'll give this a try.
    – Matt V
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 16:47
  • Question: How would I get only the children of a given category? What I mean is... I have a list of countries and under them their states/provinces. Is it possible to do something like $criteria->children = 1? I've tried this and it doesn't work.
    – Matt V
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 20:14
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    Yeah, you will need to first get the parent category, then get the children in two separate finds. If you are going to be running these steps frequently, I highly recommend cacheing the process. You can see a simple cache example in this service I made for the Craft CMS summit. Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 15:02

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