Category Field


Nuno Albuquerque

3rd Party (Free)

484 downloads (last 90 days)

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EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 2


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  • Updater
  • Multi Site Manager
  • Stand Alone Entry Form
  • Low Variables
  • Content Elements
  • Better Workflow
  • Matrix
  • Grid
  • Webservice
  • Publisher


Add-On Type(s)



This field type allows you organize your category groups as you would any other custom field type anywhere on your publish entries form. Additionally a filtered input is provided for long category lists.

Note: This addon is no longer being developed.

Release Notes

1.5.6 (2013-12-28) Bug fix - If channel had assigned category group which had been deleted, a sql error was thrown on channel fields screen

1.5.5 (2013–12–26) - Bug fix - Fix bug where under certain conditions a publish form might fail to save. (2013–10–22) - Bug fix - Fixed error when channel had no category groups assigned. (2013–10–14)

  • Improved - (Introduced in 1.5) Error notice if field group’s channel(s) have no assigned category groups.
  • Bug fix - (Introduced in 1.5) If categories were not in Categories tab, edit links would not get moved
  • Bug fix - (Introduced in 1.5) If field group was assigned to multiple channels, only one channel’s assigned categories would display
  • Bug fix - (Introduced in 1.5) Fixed database issues under certain versions of MySQL
  • Bug fix - (Introduced in 1.5) Moved filter back to top of list

1.5.1 (2013–10–2) - Bug Fix - Database error when creating new a new fieldtype

1.5 (2013–09–30)

  • New - Added “Hide edit link” option in field settings screen.
  • Improved - Category group drop down only shows groups which have been assigned to the field’s parent channel.

1.4.5 (2013–06–11)

  • Bug Fix - Compatability with EE 2.7

1.4.4 (2013–06–06)

  • Improved - Better keyboard support for drop down select lists.

1.4.3 (2013–05–10)

  • Update - Moved JS to footer to follow EE 2.6 guidelines.

1.4.2 (2013–03–19)

  • New - Added “select” option as default for drop down list.
  • Bug fix - now honors required fieldtype setting

1.4.1 (2012–12–21)

  • Bug fix - where under specific scenarios the edit link would not properly display
  • Bug fix - js error when no category group is selected

1.4 (2012–12–18)

  • Bugfix - Conflict with channel images / Updated field settings save functions

1.2 (2012–10–23) - (New) now supports displaying category group as select list

1.1 (2012–10–19) - (New) now renders group_id in templates

1.0 2012–10–16 - Initial release.


  • Place category groups logically within a publish entries page
  • Make category selections required
  • Add instructions for each category group
  • Real time input filter (when list contains more than 10 items)
  • Can display categories as select list for single choice category selection.
  • Categories Edit link is placed directly below each category group vs. the bottom of the categories tab.
  • No additional queries performed – all the action happens on the publish entries form using the DOM

Download Category Field

EE Support Downloads Add-On Version Release Date
Not Specified Download 1.5.6 Oct 16, 2012

This entry was created October 18, 2012, 10:37 am.
This entry was last updated March 29, 2016, 9:54 pm.

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8 Reviews:

Nelly 10.02.15

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Works great! If you need a category dropdown, which can be limited by category groups, this is the way to go.

MarketSouth 11.09.14

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Awesome, Wicked, Great. Had trouble with a hidden edit link but its an EE bug and can be solved easily check comments for the solution.

travisb 07.11.14

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Really nice. Thanks Nuno.

o4 01.21.14

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If you are dealing with categories and clients: this is a must! Well maintained! Thanks!

Darren Miller (dmlogic) 11.07.13

Darren Miller (dmlogic)
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What Masuga said. I was about to cost for building something that did this. And then I found this!

Allows quick browsing and selection from hundreds of categories in a nice, compact UI. As a bonus it cleans up the Categories tab so all the checkboxes are not repeated

Ryan Masuga 02.27.13

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I was going to build this myself but fortunately found this before doing so…it’s almost exactly what I was looking to do.

I had to apply a few styles of my own to output the categories in a scrollable element (handy for very long category groups) but otherwise…what a great add-on!

Adam Khan 02.13.13

Adam Khan
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Another savior for the publish/edit screen by Nuno. How I so want to label my categories anything, anything at all except “categories”. How I so want to separate category groups. How free and easy both things are to do with this addon. And a filter!

Exp:resso 10.19.12

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Simple but exactly what I needed! Would be great to have an option in the field settings to restrict to single selections only