I have a node (in D8) which is placed in the menu "Main navigation". How do I get the menu item (in code)? In Drupal 7 you could use $node->menu but in 8.x, the object is not populated with menu information. So, how do I retrieve it? I also want to support another type of menus in the future, so something which works with more than the menu_link_content module is appreciated.

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You can try this code:

use Drupal\menu_link_content\Entity\MenuLinkContent;

$node_id = 1;
$menu_link_manager = \Drupal::service('plugin.manager.menu.link');
$result = $menu_link_manager->loadLinksByRoute('entity.node.canonical', array('node' => $node_id));

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    Which will give us an array of all menu items this node belongs to. We can then foreach for the menu name to get the one we need.
    – leymannx
    Apr 20, 2018 at 21:01
  • Thanks this worked great. Just a note that I added this to get to the actual MenuLinkContent object /* @var $menuLink Drupal\menu_link_content\Plugin\Menu\MenuLinkContent */ $menuLink = array_pop($result); which gives you an instance of api.drupal.org/api/drupal/… Oct 5, 2020 at 16:31

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