I'm creating new Field Types in Drupal 8. I recently asked which are the type names allowed for the DataDefinition::create() method, receiving a good answer.

Now I figured out that I need at least other two type names:

  • A column type name to use inside the method schema(...) from the FieldItemBase class.
  • Another type name to create elements inside the method formElement(...) from the class WidgetBase.

For example this is a snippet of code used to create a new Field Type, defining the schema() method:

public static function schema(FieldStorageDefinitionInterface $fd) {

  $columns = array(


    // Here the column type name is 'varchar'
    'password' => array(
      'description' => 'A plain text password.',
      'type' => 'varchar',



  $schema = array(
    'columns' => $columns,
    'indexes' => array(),
    'foreign keys' => array(),

  return $schema;

In the above code the column type name is 'varchar'.

And this is another snippet, defining the formElement method (always used defining the Field Type):

public function formElement(
  FieldItemListInterface $items, 
  array $element, 
  array &$form, 
  FormStateInterface $form_state
) {


  // Here the element type name is 'password'
  $element['passwordlist'] = array(
    '#type' => 'password',
    '#title' => t('Password'),
    '#description' => t('Select a password for the user'),


  return $element;

In the above code the element type name is 'password'.

What can I use for 'type' in the first case and '#type' in the second case?


1 Answer 1


All available schema types are listed in the following table: https://www.drupal.org/node/159605

Here is a list of available types of render elements (first column of the table corresponds to the #type property of the element) https://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/elements

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