Reference Tags

Reference tags can be used to create references to various elements in your site. They can be used in any plain text field, including plain text cells within a Table field.

The syntax for reference tags looks like this:


As you can see, they are made up three segments:

  1. Type – The type of element you’re creating a reference to.

    Possible values include:

    • entry
    • asset
    • tag
    • user
    • globalset
  2. Reference – An identifying reference to the element. Regardless of the element type, you can set this to the element’s ID.

    Entries support two additional reference formats:

    • entry-slug
    • sectionHandle/entry-slug
  3. Property – The property that the reference tag should return.

    See the available properties within each element type’s model reference:

    Note that this third segment is actually optional. If omitted, the tag will default to “url”.

    You can also reference a textual field’s value in this segment by using its field handle:


    Note that this will not work for any relational fields (entries, assets, users, etc.).

Parsing Reference Tags

You can parse any string for reference tags in your templates using the parseRefs filter:

{{ entry.body|parseRefs|raw }}