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I have difficulty to find the good selector.
----------activity (with a pageref to categ)

I create a search form with multichoice to listing all categories ($categ = $pages->find("parent.id=1057, sort=title")). However, some categories are currently not used and I don't want them to be listed.
How I can modify my selector the more efficient way? I was thinking of searching categories in all activity's pages and recreate the array. Or exclude pages category without references to them. Or something else simpler I don't know??




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Here is a hook method for /site/ready.php that gets the pages that are selected in a given Page Reference field:

 * Get pages selected in a Page Reference field
 * Use optional argument $options for limiting 'template' and/or 'parent_id', and to 'include_unpublished'.
 * Usage: $selected_pages = $fields->my_page_field->getSelectedPages(['template' => 'basic_page']);
 * The number of times each page is selected is available in a custom "occurrunces" property on each selected page.
$wire->addHookMethod('Field(type=FieldtypePage)::getSelectedPages', function(HookEvent $event) {
	/* @var Field $field */
	$field = $event->object;
	$options = $event->arguments(0);
	$get_options = [];
	if(isset($options['template'])) $get_options['template'] = $this->wire('templates')->get($options['template']);
	if(isset($options['parent_id'])) $get_options['parent_id'] = (int) $options['parent_id'];

	$table = $field->getTable();
	$query = $this->wire('database')->query("SELECT data FROM $table");
	$ids = $query->fetchAll(\PDO::FETCH_COLUMN);
	$count_values = array_count_values($ids);
	$items = $this->wire('pages')->getById(array_keys($count_values), $get_options);
	foreach($items as $item) {
		if(empty($options['include_unpublished']) && $item->status > Page::statusUnpublished) {
		} else {
			$item->occurrences = $count_values[$item->id];
	$event->return = $items;

The following is an example of how you would get the category pages that are selected in your category field. The number of times each category is selected is available in the custom "occurrences" property if you need it.

// Get the selected category pages
$selected_categories = $fields->categories->getSelectedPages();

// Demo output
foreach($selected_categories as $selected_category) {
    echo "<p>Category {$selected_category->title} is selected in {$selected_category->occurrences} page(s).</p>";


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Thanks everyone, but especially @LostKobrakai. This "owner" selector is wonderful!

So for the sake of people searching on forum, it give this so simple selector:

$CategUsed = $pages->find('categ.owner.template=activity');


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