I want to retrieve all fields that entities are using (including locked fields).

How can I get a list of fields that are used in entities?

Like we get in admin/reports/fields.

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  • Do you want to do this programmatically, or review a site's use of fields through the UI? Aug 10, 2016 at 8:05
  • I want this programatically..
    – Ajay Reddy
    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:07
  • Why not just borrow the code from Drupal core then? FieldStorageConfigListBuilder.
    – anonymous
    Oct 27, 2020 at 3:20

4 Answers 4


I would recommend EntityFieldManager::getFieldMap. The EntityManager is only a service to provide functions from other classes.

From documentation:

Return value

array An array keyed by entity type. Each value is an array which keys are field names and value is an array with two entries:

  • type: The field type.
  • bundles: An associative array of the bundles in which the field appears, where the keys and values are both the bundle's machine name.

EntityFieldManagerInterface::getFieldMap() produces a keyed array by entity type > field name with further information on the field type and its associated bundles.

$field_map = \Drupal::entityManager()->getFieldMap();
$node_field_map = $field_map['node'];
$node_fields = array_keys($node_field_map['node']);

There's also EntityFieldManagerInterface::getFieldDefinitions() if you want further field metadata. It produces an array of BaseFieldDefinition & FieldConfig objects that you can parse through for further detail.

  $node_article_fields  =\Drupal::entityManager()->getFieldDefinitions('node','article');
  • Thanks Shawn, I am not getting fields like they listed in above image. Below field's i am getting: comment, contact_message, file, node, shortcut, taxonomy_term, user, menu_link_content
    – Ajay Reddy
    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:30
  • There was a typo with the code. As mentioned with the answer, the function produces a keyed array that contains entities, field names, then field details.
    – Shawn Conn
    Aug 10, 2016 at 14:41
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    Method 'entityManager' is deprecated. Use \Drupal::entityTypeManager() instead in most cases
    – JFC
    May 28, 2020 at 1:40

field_info_instance() would do what you want, though if you look in the docs you will see that in D8 it is deprecated in favour of

Field::fieldInfo()->getBundleInstance($entity_type, $bundle, $field_name).
  • Thank for your answer, But i need to get list of all field(s) that are only in use. I don't want to get using by entity-type, bundle and field-name. For reference uploading image.
    – Ajay Reddy
    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:15
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    – user31782
    Nov 30, 2022 at 0:12
  • Corrected - looks like drupalcontrib.org got hacked.. Dec 5, 2022 at 22:09

Different ways to get field data:

Get a list of fields include base fields like nid. (contains entity type, bundle, field name and field type).

$field_map = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getFieldMap();
// Can also get by field type.
$field_map = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getFieldMapByFieldType('entity_reference');

Also see @shawn-conn's answer.

Get a list of storage fields and their data. (non-bundle specific - e.g. 'node.field_image')

// Get a list of storage fields
$field_config_ids = \Drupal::entityQuery('field_storage_config')
  // Allow access to all regardless of permissons.
  ->condition('type', 'entity_reference')
  ->condition('status', 1)

// Load all the fields.
$field_config_entities = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('field_storage_config')->loadMultipleOverrideFree($field_config_ids);

// Get where each config is used.
foreach (field_config_entities as $field_config_entity) {
  $bundles = $field_config_entity->getBundles();

Get a list of field instances and their data. (fields per bundle - e.g. 'node.story.field_image')

$field_config_ids = \Drupal::entityQuery('field_config')
  ->condition('field_type', 'entity_reference')
  ->condition('status', 1)
// Get also filter to only get feilds with a default value.
$field_config_ids = \Drupal::entityQuery('field_config')
  ->condition('field_type', 'entity_reference')
  ->condition('status', 1)
  ->condition('default_value.0.target_uuid', NULL, 'IS NOT NULL')
// Load the data.
$field_config_entities = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('field_config')->loadMultipleOverrideFree($field_config_ids);

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