Accessing records

Here are the different methods you can use inside your dato.config.js file to retrieve records stored in your administrative area.

Find a record by ID

If you already know the ID of the record you need to access, just use the dato.find method:

// dato.config.js

module.exports = (dato, root, i18n) => {
  // returns the record with ID 3411
  dato.find(3411)
}

Find all the records of a specific model

Suppose you have a Blog post model in your administrative area, and you want retrieve the complete collection of its records. First thing first, you need to know its Model ID:

foo foo

In this case, the ID is blog_post, so you can retrieve its records pluralizing and camel-casing the Model ID, and using the result as a method on the dato object:

// dato.config.js

module.exports = (dato, root, i18n) => {

  // iterate over the Array of records of the `blog_post` model
  dato.blogPosts.forEach(record => {
    // ...
  });
};

If you need to access the record associated to a single-instance model, you don't need to pluralize the Model ID:

// dato.config.js

module.exports = (dato, root, i18n) => {

  // returns the record for the `about_page` single-instance model
  // (or null, if it hasn't been created yet)
  dato.aboutPage;
};