I have 3 node types. A, B and C.

A has an entity reference to B. B has an entity reference to C.

A has a list field. One of the values is "4". I need to display all node of type C where the top parent of type A has the value 4 in this list field.

I created a 'relationship referencing entity:field_in_type_a_reference_to_type_b'. And I created a context filter 'provide default value:4' with the relationship.

This part works. Only nodes of type B with parent nodes with list value '4' are displayed.

But I need the filter for one reference level deeper, for nodes of type C. I created one more relationship referencing entity:field_in_type_b_reference_to_type_c with the relationship. I tried this relationship with and without the other relationship.

But with no success. Nodes of type C aren't displayed.

How can I get the relationship from C to A?

3 Answers 3


It sounds like you're starting with node type B, whereas you should be starting with node type C.

  • Create your view with appropriate filters so that you only see nodes of type C
  • Add a "Entity Reference: Referencing entity" (not "Referenced entity) relationship for the B->C entity reference field, give it an identifier of something like "Entity B", tick "Require this relationship
  • Add another "Entity Reference: Referencing entity" relationship for the A->B entity reference field, use relationship "Entity B", give it an identifier of "Entity A", tick "Require this relationship
  • Add a filter (a regular filter, not a contextual one) requiring that your field has a value of "4", use relationship "Entity A"

Follow these steps in view.

  1. First add Entity Relationship "A bridge to the Content entity that is referencing Content via field_a_refer" i.e content type A which is referred in content type B.
  2. Then add Entity Relationship "A bridge to the Content entity that is referencing Content via field_b_refer".In relationship dropdown of this select "Content referencing Content from field_a_refer".
  3. For each fields that you want to display, select from Relationship "Content referencing Content from field_b_refer".
  4. In Filter add filter for value 4.

Here is also a good explanation with structured pictures, related to your problem. http://atendesigngroup.com/blog/making-sense-drupal-views-relationships-and-entity-references

By reason below i will add this. On this site you get a good lead on the difference between REFERENCING and REFERENCED when adding an Entity Reference as as a Relationsship in VIEWS. The example adding relations and walking up-streams and down-streams in three related Nodes-content-types crelation, to get the right Node related to the Views relation. The trick is to understand the Entity relations "two way relations" and use it in Views.

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    Jun 10, 2015 at 15:45
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    Jun 12, 2015 at 15:02

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