Collection Configs

A Collection is a group of records, called Documents, that all share a common schema. You can define as many Collections as your application needs. Each Document in a Collection is stored in the Database based on the Fields that you define, and automatically generates a Local API, REST API, and GraphQL API used to manage your Documents.

Collections are also used to achieve Authentication in Payload. By defining a Collection with auth options, that Collection receives additional operations to support user authentication.

Collections are the primary way to structure recurring data in your application, such as users, products, pages, posts, and other types of content that you might want to manage. Each Collection can have its own unique Access Control, Hooks, Admin Options, and more.

To define a Collection Config, use the collection property in your Payload Config:

import { buildConfig } from 'payload'
export default buildConfig({
// ...
collections: [
// Your Collections go here

Config Options

It's often best practice to write your Collections in separate files and then import them into the main Payload Config.

Here is what a simple Collection Config might look like:

import { CollectionConfig } from 'payload'
export const Posts: CollectionConfig = {
slug: 'posts',
fields: [
name: 'title',
type: 'text',

The following options are available:

adminThe configuration options for the Admin Panel. More details.
accessProvide Access Control functions to define exactly who should be able to do what with Documents in this Collection. More details.
authSpecify options if you would like this Collection to feature authentication. More details.
customExtension point for adding custom data (e.g. for plugins)
disableDuplicateWhen true, do not show the "Duplicate" button while editing documents within this Collection and prevent duplicate from all APIs.
defaultSortPass a top-level field to sort by default in the Collection List View. Prefix the name of the field with a minus symbol ("-") to sort in descending order.
dbNameCustom table or Collection name depending on the Database Adapter. Auto-generated from slug if not defined.
endpointsAdd custom routes to the REST API. Set to false to disable routes. More details.
fields *Array of field types that will determine the structure and functionality of the data stored within this Collection. More details.
graphQLAn object with singularName and pluralName strings used in schema generation. Auto-generated from slug if not defined. Set to false to disable GraphQL.
hooksEntry point for Hooks. More details.
labelsSingular and plural labels for use in identifying this Collection throughout Payload. Auto-generated from slug if not defined.
slug *Unique, URL-friendly string that will act as an identifier for this Collection.
timestampsSet to false to disable documents' automatically generated createdAt and updatedAt timestamps.
typescriptAn object with property interface as the text used in schema generation. Auto-generated from slug if not defined.
uploadSpecify options if you would like this Collection to support file uploads. For more, consult the Uploads documentation.
versionsSet to true to enable default options, or configure with object properties. More details.

* An asterisk denotes that a property is required.


Fields define the schema of the Documents within a Collection. To learn more, go to the Fields documentation.

Access Control

Collection Access Control determines what a user can and cannot do with any given Document within a Collection. To learn more, go to the Access Control documentation.


Collection Hooks allow you to tie into the lifecycle of your Documents so you can execute your own logic during specific events. To learn more, go to the Hooks documentation.

Admin Options

You can customize the way that the Admin Panel behaves on a Collection-by-Collection basis. To learn more, go to the Collection Admin Options documentation.


You can import types from Payload to help make writing your Collection configs easier and type-safe. There are two main types that represent the Collection Config, CollectionConfig and SanitizeCollectionConfig.

The CollectionConfig type represents a raw Collection Config in its full form, where only the bare minimum properties are marked as required. The SanitizedCollectionConfig type represents a Collection Config after it has been fully sanitized. Generally, this is only used internally by Payload.

import { CollectionConfig, SanitizedCollectionConfig } from 'payload'

Global Configs