I must be looking at code for too long. I'm sure there's a simple solution to this.

I have a regular page entry, where I select an organization through a playa single select.
An organization entry can have people assigned to it.
I want to show the organization's people on my page entry.

This is my template:

{exp:channel:entries channel="pages"}

  Displaying people in organization ID: {related_organization:child_ids}.

  {exp:playa:parents channel="people" entry_id="{related_organization:child_ids}"}
    {title}<br />
    {if no_parents}No results{/if}


The playa field outside the tag shows me the correct child_ids.
The exp:playa:parents tag renders no results.
If I hard code the entry ID in the entry_id parameter, it works just fine.

If I do entry_id="4321|1234|{related_organization:child_ids}", I can see in my DB queries log that it is not even rendering {related_organization:child_ids} at all.
It shows ... WHERE rel.child_entry_id IN (4321,1234) ...

Adding parse="inward" doesn't have any effect.

Why isn't the tag working inside the parameter?

Using an embed seems to work. But no one likes embeds anymore.
Using an equivalent stash embed doesn't work.

  • Is that your exact code? or dumbed down code? Also (not a great solution) but try passing IDs to an embed. If it's a parsing issue, that will get it working.
    – Anna_MediaGirl
    Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 16:37
  • What I posted was what I dumbed my template down to. Still didn't work. Using an embed worked. Using the exact same thing in a stash embed didn't. Whaaaat. Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 16:59

2 Answers 2


It's a parse order issue, related to the way Playa handles its fieldtype tags.

The Playa fieldtype actually takes its {related_organization:child_ids} tag and converts it into a module call: {exp:playa:child_ids field="related_organization"}, which the EE parser will then execute. So you are effectively doing this in your template:

{exp:playa:parents channel="people" entry_id="{exp:playa:child_ids field='related_organization'}"}

You can see why that wouldn't work.

I'd recommend using stash, rather than an embed:

{exp:channel:entries channel="pages"}

  {exp:stash:set name="child_ids" parse_tags="yes"}


{exp:stash:parse name="child_ids" process="end" parse_tags="yes"}
  {exp:playa:parents channel="people" entry_id="{stash:child_ids}"}
    {title}<br />
  • My code example was already dumbed down - I've been using Stash for my real template. The shorthand to module tag was the lightbulb moment. Thanks Rob. Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 17:24

Ok, figured it out.

The {related_organization:child_ids} is just shorthand for the {exp:playa:child_ids} tag pair.

Putting a tag pair inside a parameter was making it freak out.

So instead of using {related_organization:child_ids} as the entry_id parameter, I did this:

{exp:channel:entries channel="pages"}

  {related_organization var_prefix="org"}
    {exp:playa:parents channel="people" entry_id="{org:entry_id}"}
      {title}<br />


Rob explains the same thing in his answer and recommends how to do it with Stash.

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