I have two content types: development and house.

A development has many houses.

Each house has a house_type field

I'm trying to perform a db_select query that allows me to search all developments and find the house_types attached to them.

I've managed to find the developments, then found the attached houses_on_development (i've used group_concat for this), AND THEN, WHERE I'M STUCK...

I need to query each of the house_types of these concatenated house_ids individually to find out their house_type.

I've started with:

$search_type = 'development';
$query = db_select('node', 'development');
$query->condition('development.status', '1', '=');

 $query->leftjoin('field_data_belongs2dev', 'property',
        'development.nid = property.field_data_belongs2dev_target_id');
$query->addExpression('group_concat(property.entity_id)', 'houses_on_development');

And now i'm stuck. I know how to write the query to get the house_types if I was querying house_id one at a time but don't know how to fit that query into a bigger db_select. For this I would use:

SELECT field_property_type_tid
   FROM field_data_field_property_type
   WHERE entity_id
   IN  ( house_id1, house_id2, etc... )

I feel like i'm so close but missing that final bit od knowledge. Please help.

  • You might want to take a look at entity field queries, rather then db_queries. Entity field queries are designed to do just this drupal.org/node/1343708 Aug 7, 2015 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


Think your query needs to be:

$query = db_select('node', 'development');
$query->fields('property_type', array('field_property_type_tid'))
  ->condition('development.status', 1, '=')
  ->addJoin('LEFT', 'field_data_belongs2dev', 'property', 'development.nid = property.field_data_belongs2dev_target_id');
$query->addJoin('LEFT', 'field_data_field_property_type', 'property_type', 'property.field_data_belongs2dev_target_id = property_type.entity_id');
$query->addExpression('group_concat(property.entity_id)', 'houses_on_development');
$results = $query->execute();

Hope this should point you in the right direction.

  • Thanks for taking the time to reply, however, this seems to product the same result i've already got. That is a comma separated list of house IDs. I then need to query the 'proerties ids to get the houuse type id Aug 7, 2015 at 12:47
  • I'm sorry but I'm not 100% sure what you're trying to achieve, maybe a fuller explanation would help Aug 7, 2015 at 13:28

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