I want to delete all taxonomy terms of particular vocabulary using entity_delete_multiple. For node it is working fine

$result = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
      ->condition('type', 'page')
  entity_delete_multiple('node', $result);

If i am changing taxonomy_term and type to tags or any other vocabulary, or replaced type by bundle

$result = \Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
      ->condition('type', 'tags')
  entity_delete_multiple('taxonomy_term', $result);

it is throwing error like this.

Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\QueryException: 'type' not found in Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\Sql\Tables->ensureEntityTable() (line 304 of core/lib/Drupal/Core/Entity/Query/Sql/Tables.php).

And also i need a same query to delete user(s), watchdog and profiles.

Is there any way to do it?


Try to use vid instead of type. I haven't tried the code, but try the following

$result = \Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
      ->condition('vid', 'tags')
  entity_delete_multiple('taxonomy_term', $result);

Here is a good example for using entityQuery.

For deleting users, you can use entity_delete_multiple or user_delete_multiple

To delete user with uid 10

entity_delete_multiple('user', \Drupal::entityQuery('user')->condition('uid', '10', '=')->execute());

or pass an array of uids to user_delete_multiple

user_delete_multiple(array $uids);

I'm not aware of how to delete comments.

  • That's D7 documentation and not correct for 8.x – Berdir Aug 24 '16 at 7:22
  • @Berdir thanks for pointing it out, I have removed the link and edited my answer – Suresh R Aug 24 '16 at 7:28
  • @Suresh: thanks for your answer. And also is there any way to delete User(s), Profile and comments – Ajay Reddy Aug 24 '16 at 9:21
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    @AAjayKumarReddy I have updated my answer. I'm not aware of how to delete comments. – Suresh R Aug 24 '16 at 9:36
  • @Suresh: What about profile? this is also entity right.. – Ajay Reddy Aug 24 '16 at 9:57

For taxonomy use vid:

$result = \Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
      ->condition('vid', 'tags')

Which is the bundle of taxonomy.


For delete all taxonomy terms of particular vocabulary.


 $vid = 'name_of_the_vocabulary';
      $tids = \Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
          ->condition('vid', $vid)
      entity_delete_multiple('taxonomy_term', $tids);

I know the question specifically asks about entity_delete_multiple, but the function is deprecated, scheduled to be removed "before" Drupal 9. Here's a version without entity_delete_multiple

 * Delete all taxonomy terms from a vocabulary
 * @param $vid
function delete_terms_from_vocab($vid) {

  $tids = Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
    ->condition('vid', $vid)

  if (empty($tids)) {

  $storage_handler = \Drupal::entityManager()
  $entities = $storage_handler->loadMultiple($tids);

  • 1
    Probably the best technique these days, but you probably want to rename $controller (which has a different meaning) to $storage. – FGM Jul 21 '19 at 10:23

You can try below code,which works for me

 $vids = Vocabulary::loadMultiple();
    foreach ($vids as $vid) {
      if ($vid->label() == 'YourVocab') {
        $container = \Drupal::getContainer();
        $terms = $container->get('entity.manager')->getStorage('taxonomy_term')->loadTree($vid->id());
        if (!empty($terms)) {
          entity_delete_multiple('taxonomy_term', $terms);

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