BBD Chopper


Black Belt Designs

3rd Party (Free)

256 downloads (last 90 days)

GNU General Public License v3

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 3
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Allows you to create excerpts of your entries by removing HTML tags and limited the excerpt by character count, word count or a specific marker you insert into your content. Thanks to Brett DeWoody for providing Hacksaw. I needed one for EE3 and created the same functionality from it since it was let go.

If you ever used Brett DeWoody’s EE Hacksaw, then you were probably sad to see it was labeled INACTIVE. I know I was. That’s why I revived it in an ExpressionEngine 3 friendly version.

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All of the functionality remains the same as it did with the older versions in EE2.

Chopper takes your entry’s content and whittles it down to a more manageable size. It strips the HTML and limits the excerpts by character count, word count or cutoff marker.
To use Chopper simply wrap the content you want to truncate with the exp:chopper tag, like this:


There are several parameters you can use to control how the content is truncated. These options are:

chars   = “”      // Limit by number of characters
words   = “”      // Limit by number of words
cutoff = “”        // Limit by a specific cutoff string
append =””      // String to append to the end of the excerpt
allow   = “”      // HTML tags you want to allow. Ex allow=”

For example, if you want to limit your excerpt to 100 words you would do this:

{exp:chopper words="100"}

By default Chopper will strip all HTML from your excerpt. If you would like to keep some basic HTML you can use the"allow” parameter to keep specific HTML tags. For example, let’s say you want to keep <p> and <b> tags:

{exp:chopper words="100" allow="<p><b>"}

This would strip all HTML except paragraph (<p>) and bold (<b>) tags.

Another way to limit content is by a cutoff string. This is similar to the way Wordpress’s “more” feature works. In your content you could add a specific string to indicate the spot you want the excerpt to stop. Let’s say you use “<!—END—>”. To cut the excerpt off at this location you would do this:

{exp:chopper cutoff="<!-- END -->"}

The “cutoff” parameter can be coupled with the “words” parameter in case you forget to add the cutoff string to some of your entries. This way the excerpt will be truncated at the cutoff string, OR after X words.

You can add any string at the end of the excerpt using the “append” parameter, like this:

{exp:chopper words="100" append="..."}

This would append “...” to the end of the excerpt.

I am not sure what all other addons this will work with right now since there are so few ready for EE3 right now.

Download BBD Chopper

EE Support Downloads Add-On Version Release Date
3.0.0+ Download 1.0.2 Feb 27, 2017
3.0.0+ Download 1.0.3 Jan 4, 2018

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This entry was created February 26, 2016, 12:41 pm.
This entry was last updated January 4, 2018, 3:21 pm.

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6 Reviews:

Biscuiterie 05.20.18

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Very useful and effcicent. Thanks a lot.

FirstClassCode 02.28.17

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Great plugin, does exactly what we need it to do. Good job!

Loughlin 02.23.17

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Top marks to Black Belt Design.  Great to see a Hacksaw replacement for EE3.  Kudos!

ejaeDesign 02.03.17

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Thanks for making this available for EE3! So glad to have this after EE Hacksaw was not ported over.

octopusink 09.15.16

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Works as advertised! I was dependant on Hacksaw, so was really glad to find an EE3 version.

toolstudios 07.11.16

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Thanks for this!!!  Works just like it says it does!