# string

A string field is a editable text field with configurable options, including a textarea interface.

# Module field definition

// Configuring the `dogName`and `biography` fields in a module's
// `fields.add` subsection:
dogName: {
  label: 'What is your dog\'s name?',
  type: 'string'
// Textarea
biography: {
  label: 'Write a short biography for your dog',
  type: 'string',
  textarea: true,
  max: 800

# Settings

# Required

Property Type Default Description
label String n/a Sets the visible label for the field in the UI
type String n/a Specifies the field type (string for this type)

# Optional

Property Type Default Description
def String n/a The default value for the field
following String/Array n/a The name of a field or an array of field names that will be used to automatically generate this field's value. If this field is edited to no longer match the fields it is following, it will stop responding to edits in those fields.
help String n/a Help text for the content editor
htmlHelp String n/a Help text with support for HTML markup
if Object {} Conditions to meet before the field is active. See the guide for details.
min Integer n/a Sets the minimum number of characters allowed
max Integer n/a Sets the maximum number of characters allowed
required Boolean false If true, the field is mandatory
sortify Boolean false If true, creates "sortified" fields. See below.
textarea Boolean false If true, use a textarea interface with multiple lines, which allows line breaks

# sortify

Setting sortify: true creates a parallel version of the field that is more intuitive for sorting purposes. This new, additional property's key will be the string field's name, appended with Sortified. Its value will be fully lowercase and have all punctuation removed. Apostrophe will automatically use it if a request is made to sort on the original field.

For instance, if your field's name is lastName and you set sortify: true, lastNameSortified will automatically be created and used when sorting on the lastName field. This provides case-insensitive sorting that also ignores punctuation differences.


If you add sortify: true to an existing field, existing objects will get the sortified version of the field:

  • on the next deployment via the apostrophe-migrations:migrate command line task,
  • when the individual Apostrophe documents are saved, or
  • at the next startup when in development.

Migrations like this only need to be run once because on future updates or inserts of a document the sortified property is automatically set.

# Use in templates

The Nunjucks nl2br (opens new window) tag can help print textarea strings with line breaks.

<h2>{{ data.piece.dogName }}</h2>
  {{ data.piece.biography | striptags(true) | escape | nl2br }}