I've got a weird issue with parentheses in an if statement. If I have the if statement on it's own then no content is shown. If, however, I place two if statements in front of it then everything works fine. See examples below:


{if downloads:total_rows >= '1'}{/if}
{if section_1:total_rows == '1'}{/if}
{if (downloads:total_rows >= '1' || section_2:total_rows == '1') && section_1:total_rows == '1'}
    Content ...

Does not work

{if (downloads:total_rows >= '1' || section_2:total_rows == '1') && section_1:total_rows == '1'}
    Content ...

Does anyone know why this strange behaviour is occurring?

Thank you.

2 Answers 2


I would try putting your variables in curly braces:

{if ({downloads:total_rows} > 0 || {section_2:total_rows} == 1) && {section_1:total_rows} == 1}
    Content ...

You are making this an advanced conditional so you can't access your variables correctly in the conditional without the braces. I tested the code above and it works for me.


  • For some reason this is now throwing up an error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '{' in... Edit: Just noticed that there is a closing curly brace rather than bracket but the error is still appearing. Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 9:45
  • I made edits to the source in my answer Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 10:52
  • So is it still throwing a syntax error? Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 10:53
  • Unfortunately so, although it's complaining about the operator now: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '>' in... Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 11:04
  • Are the numbers you are comparing with in quotes or not? Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 11:18

It seems as though the conditions inside the parentheses don't need the curly braces. At least this has fixed it for me.

{if (downloads:total_rows > 0 || section_2:total_rows == 1) && {section_1:total_rows} == 1}
  • You're still bracing section_1:total_rows, is that intentional? Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 23:04
  • It is intentional however the reason why is confusing me. If I remove the braces then the content does not show, if they're there the content does show. I'm not fully understanding why this is. Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 9:45
  • 1
    Might try 2.9.0 :) Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 14:34

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