Is it possible to ignore the ORDERBY/SORT parameters in an exp:channel:entry tag and display the entries as given in a list of IDs?

I have a embedded template where I pass down a list of entry IDs to render out. I would like to output the entries in the order they are passed down as entry_ids. Is this possible?

Here's my current loop:

{exp:channel:entries channel="events" entry_id="{embed:ids}" sort="asc"  orderby="status" limit="5"}

Where {embed:ids} is the list of entries I would like displayed, in the order I would like. I.e. 5|1|3|7. But there is no parameter which will not re-arrange the output order (by date, author, etc..).

Do I need to use the query module to achieve what I want here? It seems EE will try to arrange by date whenever possible.

For full clarity's sake. This is part of a ChannelForm Newsletter creator that selects events and then submits a list of entries as bar | separated entry_is into a input for a given issue. This is then renderd into an email template to be used later.

3 Answers 3


Sounds to me that the fixed_order parameter is exactly what you are looking for.

Related: Expression Engine Entries Loop in Reverse


You can use the fixed_order="{embed:ids}" parameter.

Documentation can be found here.


Just FYI, if you give the channel:entries tag 'entry_id' parameter, without the order parameters, the output will be in the order specified in entry_id parameter. Just like the fixed_order parameter, which is the correct answer above. See comments below, my bad, living in the past!

  • Actually, no. Then the default order will be applied, which is descending by entry date.
    – Low
    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:05
  • Hi Low, (excuse the pun!), Perhaps I'm thinking of older version of EE then (prior to fixed_order parameter) as I've definatly used the entry_id in order trick/hack/thing on older sites! Appologies that I mislead, I look at mod.channel.php now (v2.8.1) and can see that yes it will apply entry_date ordering by default now.
    – Blatant
    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:19

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