I'm attempting to perform a query on webform submissions so I can display all submissions submitted by a specific user. However I'm not sure how to make this query. I made a guess that webform submissions were nodes themselves and performed a query like this

    $query = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
        ->condition('type', 'webform');
    $nids = $query->execute();

But it produced no results. Is there a way I can perform a query on webform submissions so that I can select all submissions authored by a specific user?

UPDATE: Looking through the webform module, I did see some code querying submissions.

$query = $this->getQuery();
$query->condition('webform_id', $webform->id());
$query->condition('in_draft', FALSE);
$query->range(0, 1);

This is exactly the kind of query I want to perform but when I try to use getQuery() I get

Call to undefined function Drupal\my_module\my_helper_class\getQuery()

I understand how to start entity queries for nodes like this


But is there a way to start an entity query without specifying the entity type? Or is there a way to find out what kind of entity type webform queries are?

  • You get that error because getQuery() is only a method of the class that $this is referring to. Could you build a simple view to do this and just feed it a UID argument?
    – Kevin
    Mar 6, 2017 at 18:47
  • Unfortunately no, I cannot use a view in this situation since there is a lot more that needs to occur within this module other than just displaying the results. Displaying the submissions is just a small part of the plugin.
    – Matt
    Mar 6, 2017 at 18:52

1 Answer 1


Webform submissions are content entities, so something like this should work:

$query = \Drupal::entityQuery('webform_submission')
    ->condition('uid', $uid);
$result = $query->execute();
  • This worked! But how did you figure out that webform_submission was the proper entity name?
    – Matt
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:01
  • 2
    It's easy when you know some of the conventions - all entity types live in Drupal\MODULENAME\Entity, so I just downloaded the module, looked in src/Entity, found WebformSubmission, and checked its ID in the entity type annotation
    – Clive
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:04
  • 1
    Thanks that helps a ton! I'm sure that will help solve a lot of headaches in the future.
    – Matt
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:07
  • Would it be possible to user fields aside from id, created, and other base field definitions in a query? For instance if I added 'quantity' as a form field, is there a way I can do ->condition('quantity',5)? or ->sort('quantity','desc') I attempted using that syntax but it did not work.
    – Matt
    Aug 28, 2017 at 20:33
  • 2
    Matt, you'd need to query the table directly. See my answer here: drupal.stackexchange.com/a/267306/34673
    – imclean
    Aug 10, 2018 at 6:17

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