I have a content type with a reference field to another content type. This allows an unlimited amount of entries.

I've created a template for this field: field--node--field-my-fields.html.twig

I want to be able to access the fields of my referenced node. Usually you can do this by accessing the entity, but I can't seem to do this.

{% for item in items %}
  {{ kint(item.content) }}
{% endfor %}

I feel like this should be really simple, but I just can't find a way to get access to the fields!

Thanks in advance for any answers.

  • What is being output in kint()? Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:19
  • @JamieHollern - I can't really say or paste anything here, my browser dies if I try and expand any of the output. Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:31
  • Could you try to use dump() instead and format that and stick it in a dump somewhere then link to it here? Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:32
  • item.entity.body perhaps?
    – Clive
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:41
  • @JamieHollern I can't event dump() item.content out. I'll try item.entity now. Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:52

3 Answers 3


In item.content is a render array and usually you can access a referenced entity in a '#' key (for most display settings):

{{ item.content['#node'].field_name.value }}

Field Object

Another way to get the field values is using the field object in element['#items'] and loop through the FieldItemList:

{% for item in element['#items'] %}
    {{ item.entity.field_name.value }}
{% endfor %}

Then you are independent from the display settings of the field.

For background information see this blog post from Berdir https://www.md-systems.ch/blog/techblog/2017/02/20/twig-and-entity-field-api-or-how-to-take-control-of-nodehtmltwig for the difference between formatted output and the underlying objects. In a field template you don't need to go back to the parent node object, because you can access directly the field object. You can get the parent node from element['#object'] though, if you want to access other fields.

  • item.content['#node'].title.value seems to return null, along with any other field. Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 14:53
  • kint(item.content['#node']) returns null. I've double checked that I've actually got referenced content too! Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 15:09
  • Have you configured the display settings of the field to render the entity?. If you only display a label then drupal might not even include the node entity, because it is not needed for that.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 15:20
  • @DanielDewhurst, I added some more information about the field template.
    – 4uk4
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 16:42

Using preprocess function on MYTHEME.theme file you can :

function MYTHEME_preprocess_field(&$variables, $hook) {
  $element = $variables['element'];
  $title  = $element['#object']->getTitle();
  $variables['title']['#markup'] = $title;

At this point, in field.twig you have the {{ title }} variable


If you require to Access A Referenced Node's title in fields twig template just do this

{{ item.content['#node'].title.value }}

for the images it is better go for Twig tweak snippets like i did:

{% set public_url = item.content['#node'].field_image[0]|file_uri %}
{{ drupal_image(public_url,'', {alt: 'Promo Event image'|t, title: ''|t}) }}

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