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I am looking to show the total number of channel entries which do not have and empty matrix field.

For example I have entries which have a matrix field with customer information. I would like, if possible, to show all the channel entries which have no customer information added.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks Ben

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  • Updated my answer to include another option. – Alex Kendrick Apr 16 '13 at 21:13
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One way is to use the search:field_name parameter on your Channel Entries tag. You can use it like...

search:your_matrix_field="not IS_EMPTY"

...and it will only return entries that actually have content in your Matrix field.


Alternatively, Adrian Macneil just released a nifty plugin called Channel Query that is perfect for this. It works just like the Channel Entries tag but allows you to specify a custom query to get just the entry_ids you need. So in this case you'd select entries where your Matrix field is not empty.

This will loop over all the entries that have Matrix data:

{exp:channel_query sql="SELECT entry_id FROM exp_channel_data WHERE field_id_22 != '' AND channel_id = '12'"}
    {title}<br>
{/exp:channel_query}

Substitute the field_id for your Matrix field's id and channel_id for your particular Channel.


If instead you want only the total results you can just use the Query module:

{exp:query sql=
    "SELECT COUNT(exp_channel_data.entry_id) AS total
    FROM exp_channel_data
    JOIN exp_channel_titles
    ON exp_channel_titles.entry_id = exp_channel_data.entry_id
    WHERE field_id_22 != ''
    AND status = 'open'
    AND exp_channel_data.channel_id = '12'"
}
    {total}
{/exp:query}

For either of these queries you can change to showing/counting only entries that do not have any Matrix data by altering the field_id_X != '' to field_id_X = ''

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  • That pretty much covers every angle. :) – Ian Apr 16 '13 at 21:47
  • I need to limit this from one channel only which has a channel_id is 10.I tried adding WHERE channel_id ='10' but I get SQL errors. – Ben Apr 17 '13 at 22:35
  • Since there is already WHERE clause you need to add any additional conditions immediately after that by using AND. So for example WHERE field_id_22 != '' AND channel_id = '10' – Alex Kendrick Apr 18 '13 at 0:45
  • Thanks Alex, when I add the AND channel_id = '10' after the WHERE clause I get the following: "Column 'channel_id' in where clause is ambiguous" – Ben Apr 18 '13 at 10:21
  • Ah, OK, in that case it's because both exp_channel_title and exp_channel_data both have a channel_id field, so just specify a table for channel_id so it isn't ambiguous. Like this: WHERE field_id_22 = ''AND exp_channel_data.channel_id = '12'. I will update my answer. – Alex Kendrick Apr 18 '13 at 14:14

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