Low Variables


Tom Jaeger - EE Harbor

3rd Party (Commercial)

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 1.x
  • ExpressionEngine 2
  • ExpressionEngine 3
  • ExpressionEngine 4
  • ExpressionEngine 5
  • ExpressionEngine 6


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Add-On Type(s)

Extension, Fieldtype, Module


Editor's Pick
Each month the devot:ee staff picks an add-on that's especially well thought out, well built, and useful. They're add-ons that we love and think you will too!

Low Variables was chosen in November 2012.

Low Variables lets you manage Global Variables and Snippets in one place. It comes with a plethora of useful features like saving variables as files; labeling, grouping and sorting variables; hiding variables from content editors; and best of all: variable types.

Do away with the native Snippets or Global Variables—Low Variables gives you both in a single interface and lets you do so, so much more. Want to group your variables? No problem. Want to choose which variables are parsed early and which ones are not? Check. Want to save your variables as files on the server? Yes, you can! Want to have control over who can edit the variables? You got it. Want to have different variable types, just like field types? It ships with over a dozen variable types built in and there are several third party types available.

And it doesn’t end there. You can add notes to groups and variables. You can sort both using drag and drop. You can clone variables, batch-create them and duplicate whole groups. There’s a Low Variables fieldtype, so you can add global variables to your channel entries. There’s even an API so you can create your own variable types or create Low Variables compatible field types, like Pixel & Tonic’s Wygwam.

The download package contains versions compatible with EE1, EE2, and EE3.

→ For more information and documentation: go to Low.

Hooks Used

If the add-on is an extension, and ties into ExpressionEngine's core files, it will use ExpressionEngine hooks. We are listing any hooks the add-on uses for developers to have an easier time locating other add-ons that they can reference for their own work.

  1. sessions_end
  2. template_fetch_template

This entry was created December 17, 2009, 8:16 am.
This entry was last updated February 15, 2022, 4:22 pm.

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24 Reviews:

stefanos 04.24.18

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Powerful add-on to manage easily the variables and snippets.

Very good interface and very easy to use, the Low’s support is awesome !

srevoal 09.15.17

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A great add-on and the support from Low is fantastic. I had an usual bug and Low took it upon himself to investigate and resolve the issue within 24 hours.

Loughlin 09.17.15

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One of my favs.  If you are building sites for a clients and those clients plan on logging in to the backend of the site to update content then you need this plugin installed. 

Low does it again.

Damien 02.03.15

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Superb. Having used this on a couple of fresh builds I’m now pitching this to clients as a first-choice upgrade path for existing sites. The performance and ease-of-use benefits you can add with LV are enormous and great support from Low as always.

Percipio 01.21.15

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Super awesome stuff from Low.

patpohler 04.30.14

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I wouldn’t build an EE site without it. Powerful, easy to use. My clients love the results. Low is a top-flight dev and his add-ons show it.

THEMOST 08.18.13

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i attempt to avoid to try don’t used it and i buy ADDON Single entry to do that. but if you need for better life it just pay more . haha .

43north 08.02.13

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Natetronn 04.28.13

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No need to repeat what everyone is saying. 5 Stars!

CreateSean 04.16.13

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The most flexible and powerful addon ever built. It’s basically the superman of add-ons. Low Variables can do anything.

Bluedreamer 03.19.13

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Simply brilliant! If you haven’t used it yet you really are missing out.

Derek Hogue 03.11.13

Derek Hogue
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Another extremely professional add-on from Low, which is indispensable for managing non-channel content in an elegant and intuitive way.

Mike Dexter 12.11.12

Mike Dexter
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Low Variables is part of our default install. We love it, clients love it!

L2 07.11.12

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LV saves me dev time and the additional functionality I can provide my client is incredible.  Low’s support is always prompt and thorough. Where I used to use Snippets, Embeds, and Channels for client switches, I now use LV. I’ve only scratched the surface but already I love LV.  It’s a must buy.

jayjay 06.06.12

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It’s beautiful.

Andre Van Kets 05.18.12

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Super add-on. Worth every cent. Makes it easy for our content team to stay on top of important site wide content. Parsing sequence feature is a winner.

travisb 04.11.12

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Low Variables makes so much sense. A big time saver not just up front but when coming back when your memory isn’t so fresh - and actually fun to use as a bonus. Grouping, quickly switching between early and late parsing, great developer!

Hambo 02.02.12

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We have a handful of the best add-ons that are come with our default EE install and Low Variables is one of them. It’s indispensable for non channel content and for defining parameters via Low Variable fieldtypes. The cost is peanuts fpr the flexibility it offers.

Terry Evans 10.20.11

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Best $$ I’ve spent on an EE Add-on. For years I’ve wanted a way to order entries simply, provide rich text areas and present Global Variables in a format that actually makes sense when I return to a site in 6 months or when turning clients loose on a site. Buy it.

RealJustinLong 01.12.11

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Low constantly delivers great add-ons and Low Variables wont let you down. Give clients access to the content they need while keeping peace of mind for yourself.

Ryan Masuga 09.21.10

Ryan Masuga
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I absolutely endorse using Low Vars – it’s fantastic. I wrote about a method I used to use called Single Entry Structural Channel but I prefer Low Variables instead. Well supported. A+

bcg 07.29.10

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I wasn’t sure about the utility of this add-on at first, but decided to try it out anyway. Very glad I did. As Oxygen Smith notes, this is brilliantly executed, with practically endless applications for creating point-and-click site customizations. This should be an essential add-on for every site.

Jacob Russell 03.01.10

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This is a very well polished add-on, and with it’s option of early or late processing it’s the go-to global variable in my mind.  I also enjoy the grouping in the control panel and am intrigued by the radio group option, which presents some interesting possibilities for sectional on/off triggers.

Oxygen Smith 12.29.09

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A brilliantly executed add-on that’s a must for EE site-makers who want to give clients a custom control panel for universal site controls and settings. A minor quibble is that you need to rename template variables to group them in panel tabs, but your HTML editor can make short work of that.