<ReferenceManyField> is useful for displaying one-to-many relationships, when the foreign key is carried by the referenced resource. For instance, if a user has many books and the books resource exposes a user_id field, <ReferenceManyField> can fetch all the books authored by a given user.

This component fetches a list of referenced records by a reverse lookup of the current record.id in the target field of another resource (using the dataProvider.getManyReference() REST method), and passes them to its child. The child must be an iterator component (like <SingleFieldList> or <Datagrid>), which usually has one or more child <Field> components.

For instance, here is how to show the authors of the comments related to each post in a list by matching post.id to comment.post_id. We’re using <SingleFieldList> to display an inline list using only one field for each of the referenced record:

import * as React from "react";
import { List, Datagrid, ChipField, ReferenceManyField, SingleFieldList, TextField } from 'react-admin';

export const PostList = () => (
            <TextField source="id" />
            <TextField source="title" type="email" />
            <ReferenceManyField label="Comments by" reference="comments" target="post_id">
                    <ChipField source="author.name" />
            <EditButton />



Prop Required Type Default Description
children Required Element - The Iterator element used to render the referenced records
reference Required string - The name of the resource for the referenced records, e.g. ‘books’
target Required string - Target field carrying the relationship on the referenced resource, e.g. ‘user_id’
filter Optional Object - Filters to use when fetching the related records, passed to getManyReference()
pagination Optional Element - Pagination element to display pagination controls. empty by default (no pagination)
perPage Optional number 25 Maximum number of referenced records to fetch
sort Optional { field, order } { field: 'id', order: 'DESC' } Sort order to use when fetching the related records, passed to getManyReference()

<ReferenceManyField> also accepts the common field props, except emptyText (use the child empty prop instead).


<ReferenceManyField> accepts a reference attribute, which specifies the resource to fetch for the related record. It also accepts a source attribute which defines the field containing the value to look for in the target field of the referenced resource. By default, this is the id of the resource (post.id in the previous example).

Note: You must add a <Resource> for the reference resource - react-admin needs it to fetch the reference data. You can omit the list prop in this reference if you want to hide it in the sidebar menu.

You can use a <Datagrid> instead of a <SingleFieldList> - but not inside another <Datagrid>! This is useful if you want to display a read-only list of related records. For instance, if you want to show the comments related to a post in the post’s <Show> view:

import * as React from 'react';
import { ReferenceManyField, Datagrid, DateField, EditButton, Show, SimpleShowLayout, TextField } from "react-admin";

const PostShow = props => (
  <Show {...props}>
      <TextField source="title" />
      <TextField source="teaser" />
          <DateField source="created_at" />
          <TextField source="author.name" />
          <TextField source="body" />
          <EditButton />
      <DateField source="published_at" />


By default, react-admin restricts the possible values to 25 and displays no pagination control. You can change the limit by setting the perPage prop:

<ReferenceManyField perPage={10} reference="comments" target="post_id">

And if you want to allow users to paginate the list, pass a <Pagination> element as the pagination prop:

import { Pagination } from 'react-admin';

<ReferenceManyField pagination={<Pagination />} reference="comments" target="post_id">

By default, it orders the possible values by id desc. You can change this order by setting the sort prop (an object with field and order properties).

<ReferenceManyField sort={{ field: 'created_at', order: 'DESC' }} reference="comments" target="post_id">

Also, you can filter the query used to populate the possible values. Use the filter prop for that.

<ReferenceManyField filter={{ is_published: true }} reference="comments" target="post_id">