Is there a way to output only the first paragraph of a Rich Text field?



I have a rich text output section I want to limit to the first paragraph so I can link to a full version on another page. What's the best way to do this?

Allen Pieper

Posted 2014-07-02T16:07:19.390

Reputation: 309



You can do this entirely with Twig.

First, use the |split filter to split your HTML into an array of paragraphs, on their closing </p> tags:

{% set paragraphs = entry.myRichTextField|split('</p>') %}

Then, you can assign the first paragraph to a new variable using the |first filter. And don’t forget to bring back that missing </p>.

{% set firstParagraph = paragraphs|first ~ '</p>' %}

Finally, you can output that. Use the |raw filter so that Twig doesn’t encode the HTML entities.

{{ firstParagraph|raw }}

Brandon Kelly

Posted 2014-07-02T16:07:19.390

Reputation: 27 245

This outputs a strings like this:

"<p>This is outputted text</p>"

Is there an easy way to get rid of those <p> tags in that string or to make them actually format the text? – Allen Pieper – 2014-07-02T16:29:53.213

@AllenPieper Sorry about that, forgot to include the |raw filter. Updated my answer. – Brandon Kelly – 2014-07-02T16:32:14.400

{{ entry.body|split('&lt;/p&gt;')|first|raw }} seems to be working too – 321zeno – 2017-02-09T19:05:45.440


In case anyone is wondering how you get the rest of the text – here is an example:

{# Split paragraphs using a limit of 2 #}
{% set paragraphs = block.body|split('</p>', 2) %}

{# Get first paragraph and add the missing closing tag  #}
{% set firstParagraph = paragraphs|first ~ '</p>' %}

{{ firstParagraph|raw }}

{# The rest of the text is here, due to the limit in the split filter #}
{{ paragraphs|last|raw }}


Posted 2014-07-02T16:07:19.390

Reputation: 428


Just for reference, if you use a regular Rich Text field for an optional custom Post Excerpt and a Matrix field (with a "text" field in it, among others) for the Post Body, you could check the custom excerpt for content and otherwise output the first paragraph of the text field in the first Matrix block of type textBlock:

{% for entry in craft.entries.section('blog').find() %}

        <h2>{{ entry.title }}</h2>

        <div class="post-summary">
            {% if entry.postExcerpt | length %}
                {# Custom Excerpt #}
                {{ entry.postExcerpt }}
            {% elseif entry.postBody.type('textBlock').first() | length %}
                {# Auto Excerpt: in postBody Matrix, find first text block and extract first paragraph #}
                {% set first_block = entry.postBody.type('textBlock').first() %}
                {% set first_block_text = first_block.text %}
                {% set paragraphs = first_block_text|split('</p>') %}
                {% set first_paragraph = paragraphs|first ~ '</p>' %}
                {{ first_paragraph | raw }}
            {% endif %}
        <p><a href="{{ entry.url }}">Read More</a></p> 

{% endfor %}

James Muspratt

Posted 2014-07-02T16:07:19.390

Reputation: 333