How do I easiest get an image (its path) from the article content type included in Drupal 8?

What I have is an entity. Using $image = $node->fields['field_image'] gives me a hell of a structure, though.

Is there no easier way to get the image path? Also I cannot find the URL in this, what I get is some sort of target_id (the file ID?).

  • What does get_class ($node->fields['field_image']) give you? – Clive Dec 10 '14 at 11:10
  • Drupal\file\Plugin\Field\FieldType\FileFieldItemList is what it gives me, this only seem to contain properties of what is allowed to upload. – Undrium Dec 10 '14 at 12:52
  • If you iterate the list what types are its members? I haven't checked, but I'd hope for some reasonably strong typing of the field. If all else fails you can use file_load() and one of the methods available on Drupal\file\FileInterface – Clive Dec 10 '14 at 12:54
  • Drupal\image\Plugin\Field\FieldType\ImageItem is what I get, not sure how to properly handling that, though. – Undrium Dec 10 '14 at 13:12
  • file_load is a last resort, but it's depricated and feels so wrong. – Undrium Dec 10 '14 at 13:12

Didn't see this before.

The shortest way to get the referenced entity for a single-value field is this:


You can also specify the delta explicitly:


This works with a lot of ArrayAccess and __get() magic.

See also the great cheat sheet at http://wizzlern.nl/drupal/drupal-8-entity-cheat-sheet. and https://www.drupal.org/node/1795854 and the other documentation pages there for more information (still very much work in progress).

  • Nice! I was wondering how we can get the image alt. I tried $node->field_image[0]->entity->alt and $node->field_image[0]->entity->image->alt; which I found in the documentation you mentioned but it does not work with the node entity I think. – Hedeshy Feb 1 '18 at 10:10
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    the alt/title is not on the referenced file entity but the field item itself. Just $node->field_image[0]->alt should work fine. – Berdir Feb 1 '18 at 10:54

What ended up working for me in D8 is:

$imageUrl = $node->get('field_image')->entity->uri->value;

Using kint($node->get('field_image')->entity) and looking through the array was very helpful

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Then in my twig file I used:

<img class="top-article-image" src="{{ file_url(imageUrl) }}" />

So my solution was to use the method "referencedEntities()" found in the nodeobject. This gave me an array of File-objects which I could iterate through and use the method "url()" from the file objects to retrieve a valid path.


If your node has more than one image you can use this to get a array of the image urls (helpful for making slideshow modules among alot of other useful things)

$allImagesFound = false;
$imageUrls = array();
$numberOfImages = 0;
    //make sure we are not calling a null value, if so then we have found all images
    if($node->get('your_image_field_name')[$numberOfImages] != null) {
        $imageUrls[] = $node->get('your_image_field_name')[$numberOfImages]->entity->url();
    } else {
        $allImagesFound = true;

The imageUrls array will hold all the urls for any images associated with the nodes field. Hope this helps.

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