On my node, I have several existing fields, such as field_introduction and field_book_tags. These fields were created by me and do not come with Drupal by default.

I would like to know if there are any modules, which will let me use these fields for the Meta Description and Key word Tags.

The fields I need use for the meta tags will vary between content type, so the Meta tags solution must allow local overrides.

Here are some of the modules I have looked at:

Meta Tag, Custom Meta - Allows use of default Drupal fields only

Meta Tag Quick - Allows default Drupal fields only. Doesn't give much flexibility for selecting fields.

Simple Meta - Doesn't support any existing fields.

Beanstag - This allows the use of existing fields (via tokens). But, in order to target content types, a "folder" name has to be used in the URL (e.g. mysite.com/news/my-news for "news" content types, mysite.com/info/my-story for page content types). Although the folder name can be anything, I prefer my urls to be "folder" free (e.g. mysite.com/my-news)

It looks like BeansTag will have to make-do, but I thought I would ask in case anyone has better suggestions.

  • The metatag module supports tokens via default value, doesn’t it? (and metatags_quick maybe, too)
    – unor
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 14:54
  • @unor When I used both these modules, I could only get them to support tokens for default fields (e.g. title, body). If I put a token for a field I hade made, it would ignore it.
    – big_smile
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 14:58
  • @unor The modules only work if the field has been set to plain text. Is there any way I can make it work with "filtered text" fields?
    – big_smile
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 17:58

2 Answers 2


It appears to me that the solution currently being worked on in issue 1838554 is going to be a valid alternative to consider ... At least in the long run (and after the issue status reaches status fixed).


You have to go to:

/admin/structure/types/manage/[YOUR CONTENT TYPE]/display/token

Then make sure:

  • All fields are visible (not hidden)
  • The format should be "default", but in some circumstances, you might need to set it to "plain".

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