I've a custom module that alters the MenuLinkContent entity by adding a field. My field is defined as follow.

 * Implements hook_entity_base_field_info().
function svg_icon_menu_link_entity_base_field_info(EntityTypeInterface $entity_type) {

  $fields = array();

  if ( $entity_type->get('id') !== 'menu_link_content' ) {
    return $fields;

  $fields['hide_label'] = BaseFieldDefinition::create('boolean')
    ->setLabel(t('Hide label'))
    ->setDescription(t('Display only the icon.'))
    ->setDisplayOptions('form', array(
      'type' => 'checkbox',
      'weight' => 0

  return $fields;

By default the checkbox is saved in the DB with a value of 0 if unchecked, and with a value of 1 if checked. To Drupal there's always a value for that field, that's why it prevent me to uninstall the module with the message There is data for the field hide_label on entity type Custom menu link.

How should I manage this situation? Should I save a value of NULL if unchecked in some way, or should I have to do something when uninstalling my custom module?

  • duplicate here (w/o accepted anser thoe ..) drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/176927/…
    – rémy
    Mar 10, 2017 at 13:29
  • The linked solution suggests to delete the entity where the field is attached. In my case that means delete all menu links added by users, and it's not a viable solution to me. Mar 10, 2017 at 14:33
  • yes - sorry. so loop all menu entites and set the field value to NULL, like suggested, in hook_uninstall
    – rémy
    Mar 10, 2017 at 14:48
  • It seems not work... I think Drupal runs uninstall validators before calling hook_uninstall() and hook_module_preuninstall(). Mar 10, 2017 at 16:07

1 Answer 1


You could create a custom form and set all the field values to NULL in the submit handler.

For example:


namespace Drupal\mymodule\Form;

use Drupal;
use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;
use Drupal\node\Entity\Node;

class TestForm extends FormBase {

  public function getFormId() {
    return 'test_form';

  public function buildForm(array $form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
    $form = [
      'test' => [
        '#type' => 'submit',
        '#value' => 'Clear field values',

    return $form;

  public function submitForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
    $query = Drupal::entityQuery('node');
    $query->condition('type', 'menu_link_content');
    $result = $query->execute();

    $nodes = Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('node')->loadMultiple($result);

    foreach ($nodes as $node) {
      if ($node instanceof Node) {
        $node->set('your_field', NULL);


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