Low Variables Documentation

Low Variable Fieldtypes

Low Variables 2.0.0 introduces the Low Variables Fieldtype. You can now choose to add a list of variables to your publish page, outputting the variable name. You can use that in other tags, like the {exp:low_variables:parse} tags. Per Low Variables field, the following settings apply:


Allow multiple

  • Enable to allow the selection of multiple variables. When disabled, the field will display as a drop-down field. When enabled, it will display as a list of checkboxes.
  • Variable groups

  • Limit the selectable variables by variable group.

  • Please note that only non-hidden and variables with early parsing disabled show up in the variable list in the Publish Form.

    The value of the field will be the variable name, for example: my_var. To output the variable name as a variable itself, add the suffix :var to your channel field name, for example: {my_channel_field:var}. This will output {my_var}, which will be parsed by the ExpressionEngine template parser at a later stage.


    Say you have 5 different testimonial quotes stored as variables in the variable group Quotes, named lv_quote_1 to lv_quote_5. To each News entry, you want to add one of those quotes. Then add a Low Variables field to your News field group, eg. news_quote. Then select the Quotes group in the field settings. To output the quote, you’d need code like this:

            {exp:channel:entries channel="news"}
                {if news_quote}

    You can use additional data by feeding the field value to the Low Variables template tag parameter, for example:

            {exp:channel:entries channel="news"}
            <div class="meta">
                <p>{exp:low_variables:label var="{news_quote}"}:</p>
                <blockquote>{exp:low_variables:single var="{news_quote}" format="textile"}

    If you’re allowing for multiple selections, you can use the channel field as a variable pair. In that case, use the variable {var} to output the variable name. For example:

            {exp:channel:entries channel="news"}


    Having problems setting up and/or using Low Variables? Support is offered from 10am to 4pm EST weekdays. Send us an email at help@eeharbor.com and we will respond as quickly as we can.