In Drupal 8, I have a content type which use Field Collection Module like that :

  • field_body (FieldCollection, repeatable)
    • field_image_alignment(Boolean)
    • field_picture (Image)
    • field_free_text (Long Text)

I want to theme this fields. I overrided the field template with a file named field--node--field-body--news.html (news is the content type that contains theses fields.).

Default template is this :

{% for item in items %}
    <div{{ item.attributes }}>{{ item.content }}</div>
{% endfor %}

And my template overrided is like that :

{% for item in items %}
  {% if item.content['#field_collection_item'].field_image_alignment.value == 1 %}
    {{ dump(item.content['#field_collection_item'].field_picture) }}
    {% endif %}
{% endfor %}

How can I render "child" fields field_pictures, field_free_text ? I used item.content['#field_collection_item'].field_image_alignment.valueto access to the plain value but I would like to have the rendered view.

Thanks a lot.

2 Answers 2


I've just started learning Drupal and encountered the same issue. I solved it by creating custom field formatter:

public function viewElements(FieldItemListInterface $items, $langcode)
  $elements = array();
  foreach ($items as $delta => $item)
    if ($item->value !== NULL)
      $builder    = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getViewBuilder('field_collection_item');
      $elements[] = $builder->build($builder->view($item->getFieldCollectionItem()));
  return $elements;

Use this module for Nice Table format Look Link: https://www.drupal.org/project/reference_table_formatter

  • Welcome to Drupal Answers! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. I also don't see how this module helps at all with this situation?
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 20:37

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