I have a field and I can render its value in a such way:

<?php print $entity1->field_list_of_options['und'][0]['safe_value'];?>

But I have many different entities at the page so I want to hide the following tail in a function in order to get something like this:

<?php print $entity1->Get_list(); ?>

How can I do it? I tried to get predefined functions in a custom module but couldn't find a proper hook. How can I handle this problem?

I wrote the following in order to collect my "tails":

function mymodulename_getText($entityId,$field){ return $entityId->$field."['und'][0]['safe_value']"; }

And so, I use it in such way:

<?php $enityId = 2; $entity2 = entity_load_single('entitytype', $entityId); ?> <p><?php print getText($entity2, field_list_of_options); ?></p>

But I don't know how to implement my function to my custom module in order to get it in node's body where I want to print it using PHP Filter.

  • Is there a reason you want to add a method to your $entity1 object. as opposed to some general purpose function (e.g. mytheme_get_list($entity1))?
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 14, 2016 at 0:20
  • @ShawnConn, The reason is following: I use ECK module in order to create custom entities, so, I'am afraid, I wouldn't be able to get my entities in a proper way by using this function. I get the entity array by the function entity_load_single($type, $id) and then render proper fields and their values from it. At the end, I have 5 different entities at the same page, so I decided to work this way. What can you advise me?
    – drru
    Jun 14, 2016 at 8:45
  • If the goal here is solely rendering the entity data field data, you might better off defining a template function that renders the markup and injects it into template variables. I don't know your entire use case so maybe extending the entity object with your own custom method makes sense.
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 14, 2016 at 22:10
  • @ShawnConn, could you please explain this approach more clearly, I don't get an idea...
    – drru
    Jun 15, 2016 at 12:28
  • All I'm suggesting is it might be easier to add a template function to your theme to iterate/print over a multi-fielded entity rather than extending the entity with your own custom method.
    – Shawn Conn
    Jun 17, 2016 at 2:41

1 Answer 1


The correct syntax for your approach would be:

function mymodulename_getText($entityId,$field){
    return $entityId->$field['und'][0]['safe_value'];

I suggest to sanitize that with a isset().

  • I get the following warnings: Warning: Illegal string offset 'und' in mypages_getText() (line 113 of /sites/all/modules/mypages/mypages.module). Warning: Illegal string offset 'safe_value' in mypages_getText() (line 113 of /sites/all/modules/mypages/mypages.module). Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in pages_getText() (line 113 of /sites/all/modules/mypages/mypages.module).
    – drru
    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:25
  • So I have the following code: function mypages_getText($entityId, $select_field){ return $entityId->$select_field['und'][0]['safe_value']; } and I call this function in a such way: if (module_exists('mypages')) {print mypages_getText('2', 'field_test_field'); } what do I do wrong?
    – drru
    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:29
  • If you call your func with '2' as $entityId, you need to load the real entity object, '2' is just a string ("non-object")! I.e. with node_load(array("nid" => $entity_id)). Jun 21, 2016 at 13:27
  • is it impossible to do with entity_load_single()?
    – drru
    Jun 21, 2016 at 13:43

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