I'm using Posts 2 Posts plugin. I've got 2 custom types : movies and actors. I created a movie => actor connection so that for each movie I can see which actors play in.

But as far as I understand, in order to find out all the movies a particular actor has played in, you must create an actor => movie connection AS WELL.

So if create a The Dark Knight => Christian Bale connection, I MUST create a Christian Bale => The Dark Knight as well. Because otherwise I won't be able to know that Christian Bale played in that movie based on a "Christian Bale" search.

Is that correct ? If so, is there any way to make it less burdensome ?

2 Answers 2


To see connections on both edit screens, set reciprocal to true, but note this is for the UI only, it doesn't affect connections otherwise.

function my_connection_types() {
    if ( !function_exists( 'p2p_register_connection_type' ) )

    p2p_register_connection_type( array( 
        'from' => 'movies',
        'to' => 'actors',
        'reciprocal' => true
    ) );
add_action( 'init', 'my_connection_types', 100 );
  • Yes, currently, the only effect that 'reciprocal' => true has is displaying the metabox on the other end of the connection.
    – scribu
    Jun 18, 2011 at 15:41

No, you shouldn't need one each way.

You can query on either direction of the one connection, so something like this would get you all actors in Dark Knight:

$actors = new WP_Query( array(
  'post_type' => 'actors',
  'connected_from' => $dark_knights_post_id,

And this would get you all movies that Christian Bale has been in:

$bale_movies = new WP_Query( array(
  'post_type' => 'movies',
  'connected_to' => $christian_bales_post_id,

You can read more on the plugin's documentation page.

  • It seems it doesn't matter if I use connected_from or connected_to, they both work, or is this the result of setting reciprocal to true? I distinctly recall Scribu telling me reciprocal affected UI only.
    – Milo
    Jun 18, 2011 at 14:57
  • Yes, you only need to create the connection one way and then query it from either end. 'connected' => $some_post_id checks both ways, but is slightly slower.
    – scribu
    Jun 18, 2011 at 15:41

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