In one of my "add node" form, I would like to display the 'name' field of referenced content type rather than the title.

Let's say, Content type 'Car' contains a field called 'owner' which is entity ref to content type 'person'. 'person' has a unique title but also has a field called 'name'.

While displaying to the user '/node/add/car' form, I like to give the user a 'select list' for the field 'owner'. I want to populate this field with the names of the 'person' nodes in the system and not their 'title'.

So in 'manage form display' of the content type 'car', I used 'select list' and in the 'manage display', selected for the 'owner' field, format of "rendered entity". But this displays only the title in the dropdown list in 'add/node/car'.

When that did not work, I tried using the new d8 feature,'display mode'. I created a display mode called "nameview" and created a "nameview" display for content type 'person' which displays only the field 'name'. I then used that view mode in the "manage display" for 'Car'. Still I get only the titles in 'add/node/car'.

What am I doing wrong? or is this a bug in d8?

2 Answers 2


What you configure in Manage display has nothing to do with what is shown in the form. That's not how it works.

You can do this using a view. In field settings, configure it to use a view show possible values and then configure that view to show the values you want to see.

  • But in a view, how do I get user input for the rest of the fields?
    – AjayR
    Dec 14, 2015 at 17:17
  • Ajay, I don't understand your comment in the context of your question. Either there's an important part of your requirement missing from your original question, or you've not understood what Berdir means.
    – Jonathan
    Dec 14, 2015 at 19:54
  • What you need to is this: 1) Create a view with an "entity reference display", showing the "Person" content type and containing just the field "Name" that you want; 2) in the field settings for the entity reference field "owner", choose the Reference method "Views: Filter by an entity reference view" instead of "Default"; 3) select the view you created in step 1 as the reference view to use. You don't need to touch the "manage form display" or "manage display" stuff.
    – Jonathan
    Dec 14, 2015 at 19:54
  • Thanks Berdir and @Johnathan for clarifying it further. Now I think I get what I need to do.
    – AjayR
    Dec 14, 2015 at 22:03
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    Unfortunately I have a different error now . When I click on Add->"entity reference" in "Views..edit" to create a new display, It gives a msg "Display "Entity Reference" needs a selected search fields to work properly. See the settings for the Entity Reference list format." but it does not bring up anything when I click on 'settings' and there is a message in the log which says "User error: "preview" is an invalid render array key in Drupal\Core\Render\Element::children() ". So I guess I am stuck for the moment while I check around to see if there is solution to this. Thanks again
    – AjayR
    Dec 14, 2015 at 22:04

This is actually not possible with Entity Reference views in Drupal 8, but will be soon. See View output is not used for autocomplete display.

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