I have a content type of Location that has a list (text) field with options for Full Service or Quick Stop.

On another content type, I have an entity reference field that pulls in all the locations (using a select list widget).

On the node creation/edit form, I am trying to group those locations with optgroups into Full Service and Quick Stop based on the value of the nodes in the entity reference field (i.e. a location with field_location_type of "Quick Stop" would go into the Quick Stop optgroup).

Right now I am manually sorting them with the following, but it would be nice to do it automatically via my field_location_type field so that new options are automatically added.

$form['field_location']['und']['#options'] = array (
   'Full Service' => array(
      19 => 'Main Street',
      20 => 'Oak Hills',
      21 => 'Cherry Trail',
    'Quick Stop' => array(
      22 => 'Montreal',
      26 => 'Washington Place',
  • Hi, @MrPeanut. You are sorting options in a select list on a node edit form? You mentioned it should be "based on whatever is chosen on the location node". What is chosen where? Can you clarify this? Aug 25, 2015 at 19:25
  • @othermachines Updated with more info. Yes, node edit form. Based on the list (text) field (field_location_type) of the nodes in the entity reference field. So the entity reference field loads Location nodes. Locations have a list (text) field and therefore has "Quick Stop" or "Full Service" selected.
    – MrPeanut
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:31

1 Answer 1


Use the module Entityreference View Widget and set up a view with grouping based on location type.

Alternatively, using custom code:

// Grab our list of all possible location types.
$location_types = list_allowed_values(field_info_field("field_location_type"));
$options = array();

// Cycle through each location type.
foreach ($location_types as $location_type_key => $location_type) {
  // Find all the nodes that are set to use this location type.  
  // You may need to adjust this query if you need to limit it to only nodes of a specific type in the event you use field_location_type on other content types that you don't want showing up in this list.
  $efq = new EntityFieldQuery();
  $locations = $efq->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node')
    ->fieldCondition('field_location_type', 'value', $location_type_key)
    ->propertyOrderBy('title', 'DESC')

  // If any nodes are found with this location type, add them to the options array under the appropriate location type
  if (!empty($locations['node'])) {
    foreach($locations['node'] as $location) {
      $options[$location_type][$location->nid] = entity_label('node', node_load($location->nid));

$form['field_location']['und']['#options'] = $options;
  • That's sort of my last resort. My site users don't find modal windows very user friendly (nor do I). I was hoping to be able to just use optgroups instead.
    – MrPeanut
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:09
  • @MrPeanut Updated my answer with a custom code solution.
    – Aaron
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:30
  • That's very close! Awesome, but they're missing labels. The HTML result is <option value="19"></option> without a label.
    – MrPeanut
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:37
  • Updated my code. Forgot entity_label needed the whole entity.
    – Aaron
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:40
  • That's it! Thank you so much! One last question... Could I somehow put "Full Service Locations" instead of just "Full Service" (i.e. append "Locations")?
    – MrPeanut
    Aug 25, 2015 at 19:42

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