Currently I am firstly "searching" for an taxonomy term entity with the Entity Query in Drupal 8:

$termIds = \Drupal::entityQuery('taxonomy_term')
  ->condition('field_code', $code)
  ->condition('vid', 'computer')

And then I am loading the taxonomy term entity:

      $termId = current($termIds);
      $term = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()

Is there a way to do it in 1 step, instead of these two?

1 Answer 1


You can do this in one step by using loadByProperties():

$term = current(\Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('taxonomy_term')
  ->loadByProperties(['field_code' => $code, 'vid' => 'computer'])

This method is a shortcut for basic entity queries like you have here and also includes the step for loading the entities.

  • Nice, haven’t sent that one before
    – Clive
    Nov 15, 2017 at 15:03
  • I have tried it with an node title and this does not work: current(\Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('node') ->loadByProperties( [ 'title' => $title, 'type' => 'authority' ] ) );
    – jepster
    Nov 15, 2017 at 20:17
  • Your code is OK. I've put in a title and type from a node I have on my site and it worked!
    – 4uk4
    Nov 16, 2017 at 7:26
  • I have tested it again. And again it does not work. I have wrote a method to shorten this up: private function loadNodeByProperties(array $conditions) { $query = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage('node')->getQuery(); foreach ($conditions as $field => $value) { $query->condition($field, $value); } return Node::load(current($query->execute())); }
    – jepster
    Nov 17, 2017 at 10:21
  • yes, this should work too, but loadByProperties() does the same: foreach ($values as $name => $value) { $entity_query->condition($name, (array) $value, 'IN'); }, only using 'IN' so that you could provide an array with multiple values.
    – 4uk4
    Nov 17, 2017 at 10:31

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