I am using the following code to sort the published nodes basing on the value stored from the Statistics module.

$query = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
      ->condition('status', 1)
      ->range(0, 5)
      ->sort('totalcount', 'DESC' );

$result = $query->execute();

The code is causing the following exception.

Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\QueryException: 'totalcount' not found in Drupal\Core\Entity\Query\Sql\Tables->ensureEntityTable() (line 316 of core/lib/Drupal/Core/Entity/Query/Sql/Tables.php).

How do I sort nodes basing on the totalcount value stored from the Statistics module?

2 Answers 2


The code you are showing doesn't work because totalcount is not a Node property the node entity. That is a value saved in a different database table, not used from the Node entity. See statistics_get(), which retrieves the value you are looking for.

if ($nid > 0) {
  // Retrieve an array with both totalcount and daycount.
  return db_query('SELECT totalcount, daycount, timestamp FROM {node_counter} WHERE nid = :nid', array(':nid' => $nid), array('target' => 'replica'))->fetchAssoc();

Since the entity query doesn't allow to join tables, you need to:

  • Add a tag to the entity query you are using
  • Implement hook_query_TAG_alter() to alter the queries with the tag you added (Replace TAG with the tag you added to the entity query)

node_query_node_access_alter() is the implementation of that hook done from the Node module to allow an entity query to return just the nodes the currently logged-in user has access. You can use its code as guide to write your own implementation.

For example, I would start trying with the following code.

The code for the query

$query = \Drupal::entityQuery('node')
  ->condition('status', 1)
  ->range(0, 5)
  ->sort('totalcount', 'DESC');

$result = $query->execute();

The hook implementation

function mymodule_query_stastics_totalcount_alter(Drupal\Core\Database\Query\AlterableInterface $query) {
  $query->join('node_counter', 'nc', '%alias.nid = n.nid');

In case this helps anyone else, for me, I had to move the sort clause into the hook_query_TAG_alter() function because of a validation issue on the entity query object.

$query->leftJoin('node_counter', 'nc', '%alias.nid = node_field_data.nid');
$query->orderBy('totalcount', 'DESC');

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