When I would like to get the values inserted in a form, I use:


If I would like to have some information on the field definition, I use:


Every time I check the class resulting from the following statement:


It is of the type Drupal\\Core\\Field\\FieldItemList which is fine for getting/setting the values

Suppose that "myfield" is of the type "language_field" defined in \Drupal\languagefield\Plugin\Field\FieldType\LanguageItem.

This class have a public function

public function getNativeName()

To get the full name of the language.

But My question is: how to access this function fromwithin the FieldItemList object? (Same problem arise with many other field type)

Added info:

With the help of @Eyal, I could access my object method:


But this is valid only if the entity is already saved.

In the case of a new (or edited) item, the entity doesn't store the new value. Here is the code for what I am trying to explain:

The 2 variables will have the same value if I open and save the form without change, but this will not be the case if I update the item at delta=1.

function my_validate($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $val_by_form_state_value=$form_state->getValue(['myfield', 1, 'value']);

1 Answer 1


You first need to understand that the entity object in question does not have a property called myfield.

Drupal uses something called magic properties to mask the get method required for retrieving the field item list. See FieldableEntityInterface::get() for more information.

The second thing you should know, is that drupal treats all fields as multi value. That means that a field that is defined to have a single value would still be represented a list with a single item.

Finally, to answer your question, you can either use the FieldItemListInterface::get() method to get the field item object, it you can access it as though it was an array.




  • This is a really nice answer: I could access my LanguageItem object by using $form_state->getFormObject()->getEntity()->myfield>get($delta)->getNativeName();
    – Baud
    Jun 24, 2016 at 7:54
  • Thanks :) , I try to avoid magic properties because I enjoy the type hinting provided by the IDE. When I write $entity->myfield the IDE doesn't know what is the type returned by the magic property.
    – Eyal
    Jun 24, 2016 at 7:57
  • Unfortunately, one issue is remaining: if $delta is a newly added item (or changed item), its value can be obtained with $form_state->getValue('myfield')[$delta]['value']; but the FormObject doesn't contains yet this new value. Thus I can't use getNativeName() for this new item
    – Baud
    Jun 24, 2016 at 8:10
  • It all depends on the context. After the buildEntity method runs, the updated values are set on the entity. FYI the getValue method of form_state can accept arrays $form_state->getValue(['myfield', $delta, 'value']); the advantage is that if it is not found no exception is thrown.
    – Eyal
    Jun 24, 2016 at 9:20
  • Thank you for the tip! The context is form_validate and/or form_submit.
    – Baud
    Jun 24, 2016 at 9:40

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