Hey I am loading a drupal 8 menu in the following way:

if ($menu != NULL) {
    $tree = \Drupal::menuTree()
    ->load("my_menu", new MenuTreeParameters());

This returns MenuLinkTreeElement objects. It does not seem possible to fetch the fields attached to the menu item.

How can I do that? Should I load the menu through another function?

  • $element->link should get you the entity which you can treat as any other wrt accessing field data
    – Clive
    May 8, 2017 at 13:34
  • I am trying that..it returns a MenuLinkContent but...this I can not use this to get any fields. I would think that I could get the uuid load the menu link entity and from there get the fields but even that is not possible, because the getUuid() is protected api.drupal.org/api/drupal/… May 8, 2017 at 13:38
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    MenuLinkContent is a content entity type; you can access its fields the same way as a node/taxonomy term/etc. e.g. $entity->field_foo->value
    – Clive
    May 8, 2017 at 13:45
  • I am trying to access the fields that I know for sure are there like title , but nothing comes back: $item->link->title->value May 8, 2017 at 14:03
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    Yep my mistake, that interface is a plugin interface. Looks like you're out of luck @Potney. For the obvious fields you're covered, e.g. $link->getTitle(), but the interface doesn't expose the data you're looking for. Might be worth posting a feature request, or looking at how modules like drupal.org/project/link_attributes solve similar problems
    – Clive
    May 8, 2017 at 14:47

1 Answer 1


You can get the menu link content entity by accessing the uuid with the method getDerivativeId() of the plugin:

if ($link instanceof \Drupal\menu_link_content\Plugin\Menu\MenuLinkContent) {
  $uuid = $link->getDerivativeId();
  $entity = \Drupal::service('entity.repository')
    ->loadEntityByUuid('menu_link_content', $uuid);
  $field_value = $entity->field_example->value;
  • EntityManager was deprecated, EntityRepository::loadEntityByUuid() seems to be a good alternative
    – Clive
    Dec 6, 2017 at 23:48
  • I remember I've checked this when writing the answer. Back then it was not used directly in core, now it pops up a few times. It's time to change this.
    – 4uk4
    Dec 7, 2017 at 7:34
  • This is so not-OO. There is a getEntity() function on \Drupal\menu_link_content\Plugin\Menu\MenuLinkContent but it is protected. May 3, 2019 at 10:39
  • @EricMORAND, there is already a follow-up question, see the linked question.
    – 4uk4
    May 3, 2019 at 11:21
  • MenuLinkContent's getEntity() method is public now (when Drupal 10.2.0 is released). See drupal.org/node/3361300
    – 4uk4
    Aug 17, 2023 at 9:46

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