According to Rendering Drupal 7 fields (the right way), the correct way to render fields is with code similar to the following one.

$node = node_load($nid);
$field = field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_name');
$output = field_view_value('node', $node, 'field_name', $field[$delta]);

This is for rendering node fields.

I am using the Paragraphs module which lets you create custom bundles in the predefined "paragraph" entity. I could use entity.tpl.php to override the output of Paragraph module fields.

I want to print my fields that are stored in the entity, but the above code won't work because it is for nodes.

What is the code for a generic entity's field?

2 Answers 2


The equivalent to the sample code you posted from the article, but for an entity type other than node would be the following one.

$entities = entity_load('ENTITY_TYPE_NAME', array($YOUR_ENTITY_ID));
$entity = $entities[$YOUR_ENTITY_ID];
$field = field_get_items('ENTITY_TYPE_NAME', $entity, 'field_name');
$output = field_view_value('ENTITY_TYPE_NAME', $entity, 'field_name', $field[$delta]);

If you're doing this in a template, the entity fields should have already been retrieved by template_preprocess_entity() and made available under the $content variable, so you shouldn't have to do all these steps in an overridden entity template.

  • Is there any way to use $content to just print the actual value of the field, as at the moment, it prints out the mark up and label. I know that I can make extra field templates to get rid of the mark up (and remove the label from the Druapl UI), but I'd rather just access the content of the field.
    – big_smile
    Apr 2, 2015 at 9:26
  • You ought to be able to access the entity via $content['field_name']['#object'], then use that with the last 2 lines of the above sample code to extract your $output value.
    – dblue
    Apr 2, 2015 at 22:55

There is a function for that: field_attach_view().

I had to use it to get a renderable array from Paragraph entities. You can render this array with render().

$paragraphEntity = entity_load("paragraphs_item",array($paragraph['value']));
$renderableParagraphBundle = field_attach_view(
  $paragraphEntity[$paragraph['value']], "full",

print render($renderableParagraphBundle);

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