Perhaps I've misunderstood what Related_Entries is aimed at accomplishing, but I've tried a number of variations and can't seem to get some very simple template code to parse correctly.

Channel Setup

I've got a Matches channel and a Teams channel. The Matches channel has two fields in it labeled as "Team 1" and "Team 2". They're both set as a Relationship to the Teams channel. I've created some test Matches and assigned Teams to them and everything appears fine there. However, I'm attempting to create a sample template using all of this information. See below:

Template code

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
<h1>List of current matches.</h1>

{exp:channel:entries channel="Matches" limit="10"}

{related_entries id="Teams" entry_id="{team_1}"}


{related_entries id="Teams" entry_id="{team_2}"}


{team_1} appears to just be returning an id of some sort... I presume it is the rel_id.

exp_relationships/clearing cache/table behavior

To further muddy the waters, while troubleshooting, it was recommended I clear the Relationship cache within EE through the Admin interface. This action cleared out all data within the rel_data column in this table but I've yet to find an ideal way to repopulate this data. The only way I've found is to go into Content > Edit > Matches, edit one of the matches and CHANGE the team participating in the Match and then change it back. Simply hitting "Update" doesn't appear to re-populate the table.


I made a mistake and read the documentation on the related_entries tag incorrectly. The accepted answer below is based on the comment he made pointing out that I need to use the field id instead of the Channel name.

The changed line(s) should look something like

{related_entries id="team_1"}

1 Answer 1


Try removing entry_id="" the only parameter to the related_entries tag is the id parameter, which is the shortname of the relationship field. This means the name of the field where the dropdown allowing you to select a relationship lives. As an example, I have a channel called programs in which the channel field naming convention is three letter channel code underscore 2 letter language code underscore name. Here is my code for one of those related_entries tags:

{related_entries id="pro_related_program"}
    <p>This session is part of a larger series.  For more information see <a href="{title_permalink="programs/catalogue"}" title="TDLC: {title}">{title}</a></p>
  • That doesn't seem to return anything either. That's was the first thing I had tried based on the documentation. I appreciate the input though. The way it was described to me was that if I provided only that information, EE would try to return ALL the members of that channel and I only want a specific one.
    – kreeves
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 2:57
  • To elaborate a bit, the {title} prints fine however the code between {related_entries} returns nothing. If I use the code as I presented up above, it at least returns an Integer which appears to relate to the rel_id.
    – kreeves
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 3:02
  • id="" should not contain a channel, it should contain the name of the field where you've defined the relationship.
    – UltraBob
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 5:20
  • That makes sense! Not sure why I never thought to just try that. I misinterpreted the documentation which in their example uses the same name for the Channel as well as the relationship field. Thank you.
    – kreeves
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 12:19
  • Might be worth adding a clarifying note at the end of the documentation too if using the same name caused confusion for you it is likely to confuse others too. Very glad I could help.
    – UltraBob
    Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 1:18

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