I am trying to inject the entity query service into a custom field widget. This is the relevant code:

 * Plugin implementation of the 'address_options' widget.
 * @FieldWidget(
 *   id = "address_options",
 *   label = @Translation("Addresses"),
 *   field_types = {
 *     "entity_reference"
 *   }
 * )
class MyCustomWidget extends WidgetBase {

   * The entity query factory service.
   * @var \Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\QueryFactory
  protected $entityQuery;

  public function __construct($plugin_id, $plugin_definition, FieldDefinitionInterface $field_definition, array $settings, array $third_party_settings, QueryFactory $entity_query) {
    parent::__construct($plugin_id, $plugin_definition, $field_definition, $settings, $third_party_settings);
    $this->entityQuery = $entity_query;

  public static function create(ContainerInterface $container, array $configuration, $plugin_id, $plugin_definition) {
    return new static(

The following error results:

Recoverable fatal error: Argument 6 passed to Drupal\custom_module\Plugin\Field\FieldWidget\AddressWidget::__construct() must be an instance of Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\QueryFactory, none given, called in /homedir/core/lib/Drupal/Core/Field/WidgetPluginManager.php on line 130.

Is it not possible to use dependency injection in this case or am I missing something?

1 Answer 1


What you are missing is to implement \Drupal\Core\Plugin\ContainerFactoryPluginInterface, which defines the create() method.

See \Drupal\file\Plugin\Field\FieldWidget\FileWidget for an example.

  • Awesome! Just made my day. :)
    – Beau
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 20:06

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