In Drupal 7, I have a page content type that has a field called group (so the machine name is field_group). The field is a List (integer) field type.

This field might have allowed values as follows:

0|Description 1
1|Description 2
2|Description 3

If I want to return the key of this field for the current page, the following code correctly works:

field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_group')[0]['value']

If the key were set to 1 for this page, the above code would return 1.

However, is there a way to instead return the associated value (e.g., "Description 1," "Description 2," etc.)?

I thought I had a way to return the value already, but I was told yesterday that my previous method was not a good way to get the value (or key) because my previous method may return extraneous data (such as unwanted HTML), when I really just want the raw key/value itself: How is a field's key (rather than value) obtained?

3 Answers 3


As you can see, you pass to field_get_items() the $node parameter. This should tell you that this function will return you a value stored in this Entity. The values of your field are stored in the field itself. You can get your options array as following.

$fieldData = field_info_field('field_group');
$options = $fieldData['settings']['allowed_values'];
  • I have verified that this works. In this case, $options appears to be an array that holds the key => value of the requested field.
    – JasonF
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 18:17
  • I take back the above comment to some extent. While the code returns all allowed values, I need to return the value for the current page.
    – JasonF
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 18:30
  • I think I understand now; you're saying to associate the key with the list in $options. That makes sense.
    – JasonF
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 18:37

You can also use something like this:

$key = field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_group')[0]['value'];    
$field = field_info_field('field_group');
$allowed_values = list_allowed_values($field);
$value = isset($allowed_values[$key]) ? $allowed_values[$key] : $key;
  • This is exactly what I was looking for. It's very easy to understand because you laid out the process in each step until the $value was discovered.
    – JasonF
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 18:38

You can use field_view_value() for that.

$items = field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_group');
$value = field_view_value('node', $node, 'field_group', $items[0]);

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