I have 2 content types:

  1. vehicles
  2. engines

Several engine nodes are referenced to the single vehicle. Is there any way I can load all engines referenced to the single vehicle node if I have that vehicle node object (thus the nid as well)?

I use Node reference module.

If you need any more info, please ask. Thanks in advance!

  • If you switch to Entity reference my earlier response today might be helpfulhttp://drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/124893/what-is-the-difference-between-referenced-entity-and-referencing-entity-in-views Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 17:26
  • Using Reverse Node Reference maybe? Have you searched before you asked? If so, why this module does not help?
    – Mołot
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 6:56
  • @Mołot of course I've searched before I asked. This module doesn't help because it is for Drupal 6 solely. I know I can do a reverse reference from Views, so I suppose there is a way to do it programmatically. Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 7:53

1 Answer 1


I found a solution to this issue by performing a query on 'field_data_field_vehicle_reference' table.

For my case, the solution can be something like this:

function engines_of_vehicle($vehicle) {
  $nid = $vehicle->nid;

  // get all engine nids referenced to this vehicle
  $engine_nids = db_query('SELECT ref.entity_id FROM {field_data_field_vehicle_reference} ref WHERE ref.field_vehicle_reference_nid  =:nid AND ref.bundle =:bundle', array(':nid' => $nid, ':bundle' => 'engine'))->fetchCol();

  //load all engines referenced to this nid
  $engines = node_load_multiple($engine_nids);

  return $engines;    

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