I was hoping to output the available options in my P&T Fieldpack Dropdown field with a template (into a dropdown used to filter results) but am having no luck.

I've seen some folks referencing a tag pair like {options:papers_type} but I'm getting nowhere. Is anyone else familiar with how to do this?

Feels like I must be missing something. Merci!

2 Answers 2


Low Options can output native and P&T dropdown options in your templates.

  • Nice little (secret) plugin Low :) I've never seen this on your site for some reason though, good to know about it!
    – Blatant
    May 26, 2015 at 11:03
  • While I wish this functionality was build into P&T fieldpack, this solves the problem. Gracias.
    – philzelnar
    May 27, 2015 at 13:10

it doesn't look like your missing anything, I've checke the docs but they are a little spartan to say the least...

If yuo wanted to simply display the field within a {exp:channel:form} SAEF it seems you can use the {field:var_name} syntax, you should also be abel to use the variable tag pair syntax within the Cahnnel Form. However it sounds like you just want to use the options in a custom dropdown as you mention 'a filter'

You still have some options, but if you're dead set on extracting the optoins from the P&T Dropdown on a Channel Field (rather than recreating them in a snippet/global variable or summin) you could roll your own PHP Sql query to get them or attempt to use the EE Template API to get the options/render the field again using PHP.

Let me know if you want a concise example, I'll have to knock one together. However in the meantime these docs might get you on the right path...

Edit: Been a while since I dipped into the Channel Fields API, so I tried an example. The following snippet will get you the options (as a key => value array) for a P&T Dropdown, provided you know the Channel (1) and Field ID (3) :


  //instansiate the channel entries API

  //assuming Channle has ID of 1
  $channelSettings = ee()->api_channel_fields->setup_entry_settings('1', array());

  //assuming dropdown is field ID of 3
  $fieldOptions = empty($channelSettings['field_id_3']['options']) : array() ? $channelSettings['field_id_3']['options'];
  • Accepting this as the answer, since at the end of the day the main bit is that it's not an option built into the P&T dropdown. While the custom query is a good idea, Low Options did the trick for me.
    – philzelnar
    May 27, 2015 at 13:14
  • Hi alsophil, Thanks but I actually think that Low's answer is deserving of the tick. It's less 'hacky' and is the solution you actually used!
    – Blatant
    May 28, 2015 at 8:30

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