Mark Croxton

3rd Party (Free)

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  • ExpressionEngine 4


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Add-On Type(s)



Convert between category name, category id and category url title. Query results are cached, so you can use the same tag multiple times in your template without extra overhead.


  • Create a folder called ‘cat2’ inside ./system/expressionengine/third_party/
  • Move the file pi.cat2.php into the folder





Example use:

category_id from category_url_title:

{exp:cat2:id category_url_title="my_category" category_group="5"}

category_id from category_name:

{exp:cat2:id category_name="my category" category_group="5"}

category_name from category_id:

{exp:cat2:name category_id="25" category_group="5"}

category_name from category_url_title:

{exp:cat2:name category_url_title="my_category" category_group="5"}

category_url_title from category_id:

{exp:cat2:url_title category_id="25" category_group="5"}

category_url_title from category_name:

{exp:cat2:url_title category_name="my category" category_group="5"}

Can also be used as a tag pair, e.g.:

{exp:cat2:id category_url_title="my_category" category_group="5" parse="inward"}

{exp:cat2:name category_id="25" category_group="5" parse="inward"}

{exp:cat2:url_title category_id="25" category_group="5" parse="inward"}

Download Cat2

EE Support Downloads Add-On Version Release Date
2.6.0+ Download 2.0.0 Nov 3, 2016

This entry was created July 5, 2011, 11:07 am.
This entry was last updated February 1, 2018, 12:41 pm.

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6 Reviews:

abed 11.19.13

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Such a convenience! So many applications and its so simple to use. It’s also up on GitHub:

Bitbang 10.19.13

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Hace exactamente lo que dice. Me ahorró muchísimo tiempo en programación. Debería ser parte del core de EE

shorn 04.28.13

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Super little add-on. I hit a problem with Low Seg2Cat when I had identical category url titles in different groups. This solved that easily. Thank you.

o-leary 01.14.13

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Brilliant Add-On, thanks so much! I did find different category group values stored in the same variable if some params are the same, ie group 5 or 7 both have entry “default”. ID’s probably clash too. You can concatenate all the parameters, using that as the cache array key to fix it. :)

zizther 01.19.12

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Really handy add-on! Thank Mark

Mark Bowen Design 08.17.11

Mark Bowen Design
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Absolutely fantastic plugin!

Needed this due to using Structure on a site and having to find out the category_id from the category_name in the URL.

Does exactly what it says on the tin and a whole lot more.

Thanks Mark.