I'm running an app where I am searching for every nodes of a given content type.

$nids = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
    'type' => 'courses',
    'status' => 1,

I'm searching for a way to sort the results among a custom field of my nodes.

EDIT: I do not understand what's going on. Thanks to @4k4, I wrote this query:

$query = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()
$query->condition('type', 'post');
$query->condition('status', 1);
$query->condition('field_category', $k);
$query->sort('field_ordering', 'ASC');

$nids = $query->execute();
$nids = Node::loadMultiple($nids);

A var_dump on $r[1] prints nothing. Same for $r[2]. But $results contains my results. What's going on ? The sorting doesn't work by the way.

  • use entityQuery, see drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/205075/…
    – 4uk4
    Oct 25, 2017 at 16:20
  • 1
    I am working on 8.4 and entityQuery is deprecated since 8.3. Oct 26, 2017 at 7:03
  • No, entityQuery is not deprecated, or do you mean how to get to it? You know if you inject entityTypeManager you can get entityQuery from it as well?
    – 4uk4
    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:28
  • Did I miss-read this post ? drupal.org/node/2389335 Could you provide me a snippet using entityQuery that joins with nodes custom fields tables ? I tried entityQueryAggregate but it won't work. I am totally lost here. Oct 26, 2017 at 8:56
  • Yes, you are, loadByProperties was never meant to be a replacement for entityQuery, it is a shortcut to it for simple searches without sorting or other advanced things. See the answer how to sort with entityQuery in D8.4
    – 4uk4
    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:31

1 Answer 1


The change record says if you have entityTypeManager injected, use

$query = $this->entityTypeManager->getStorage('node')->getQuery();

For non-OOP code, $query = \Drupal::entityQuery(); is not deprecated and can still be used.

The linked example for sorting an entity query by using $query:

$query->condition('type', 'blog_post')
  ->sort('field', 'DESC');
$nids = $query->execute();
  • Thank you this helps. However, I need to add a condition on a custom field (field_test) and it seems the joins aren't made in this request. Oct 26, 2017 at 9:55
  • Is sorting working now? - For a condition on a field, this would be a separate issue. Normally you can use all fields. If not, ask another question and tell what is special about the custom field so that is doesn't work.
    – 4uk4
    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:12
  • I edited my post. Oct 26, 2017 at 10:21
  • Please don't post this amount of code not directly connected to the question.
    – 4uk4
    Oct 26, 2017 at 11:36
  • I found my error. I was doing a foreach on my table and reindexing my output array with the node key (so the ID). I turned the keys to strings and it works ! Thanks. Oct 26, 2017 at 13:02

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