In Drupal 7 I loaded the node/entity I want with node_load / entity_load and, if necessary, then I took a field with multiple deltas and take the value I wanted with a foreach loop.

In Drupal 8 how can I do the same in a hook?

For example, this loads my first value of a field:

$a_id = $adress->field_a->target_id;

In this case an entity reference field. But there are more target_ids.

So how to take them?

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    $adress->field_a should be iterable..so foreach ($address->field_a as $item)?
    – Clive
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 16:59
  • Yes indeed, that's correct. I think I need a long time for d8! Tanks a lot!
    – maen
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 18:04
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    @Clive you should add that as the answer :) You need the points! ;)
    – Berdir
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 18:33
  • @Berdir Shhh I'm trying to let someone else answer it so maybe they get the points...these things are heavy ;)
    – Clive
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 23:55

1 Answer 1


Entity reference fields have a method called referencedEntities().

Usage example:

$addresses = $entity->get('address');
foreach($addresses->referencedEntities() as $delta => $address) {
  // Do something with the $address entity

P.S. If you only want the field then as @Clive mentioned you can just iterate over $addresses.

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