I have a paragraph, which is referenced by a node. Now I am trying to pass field values of node to the paragraph using tokens. I'm only aware of [paragraph:parent_id] and [paragraph:parent_type] but don't know how to get specific field values.

What I've tried so far without success:

The list of available tokens does not contain parent tokens. Is it even possible to get token of the parent entity? And if so, how?


2 Answers 2


There's nothing out of the box (see this issue for the details). Implementing your own token isn't too tricky.

I haven't had a chance to test this but I'm pretty sure it'll work:

function MODULE_token_info_alter(&$info) {
  $info['tokens']['paragraph']['parent_entity'] = [
    'name' => 'Parent entity',
    'description' => 'Parent entity of the paragraph',

function MODULE_tokens($type, $tokens, array $data, array $options, \Drupal\Core\Render\BubbleableMetadata $bubbleable_metadata) {
  $replacements = [];

  if ($type == 'paragraph' && $paragraph = $data['paragraph']) {
    $parent = $paragraph->getParentEntity();

    foreach ($tokens as $name => $original) {
      if ($name == 'parent_entity') {
        $replacements[$original] = $parent->label();

    $token_service = \Drupal::token();
    if ($parent_entity_tokens = $token_service->findWithPrefix($tokens, 'parent_entity')) {
      $replacements += $token_service->generate($parent->getEntityTypeId(), $parent_entity_tokens, [$parent->getEntityTypeId() => $parent], $options, $bubbleable_metadata);

  return $replacements;
  • I did not found an issue regarding version 8.x, so I was hoping that parent tokens might be available out of the box. But your code does work. Thanks for introducing me in custom tokens. Jan 25, 2018 at 8:58
  • Could you provide some more detail about the what the token_service section does? I assume it is trying to get sub-tokens for the parent entity EG. [paragraph:parent_entity:field_body]? If so though it is not working for me. $parent_entity_tokens is an empty array.
    – lolcode
    May 26, 2020 at 16:26
  • The above code does work great to provide all the entity sub tokens but unfortunately it only shows the new parent token in the token browser.
    – liquidcms
    Apr 26, 2022 at 6:47
  • Kudos for @Clive, I've added this as MR on this issue drupal.org/project/paragraphs/issues/3067265
    – d70rr3s
    May 1, 2022 at 14:40

So with the newest version of Drupal 8 and Paragraphs, this is possible.

Looking at the tokens on /admin/help/token, there is a [paragraph:parent_entity] under the paragraphs section which is exactly what you need.

Example use case: to get the title of the parent node, I used [paragraph:parent_entity:title].

  • Could you please provide a link to the corresponding Drupal issue? Jun 3, 2019 at 12:21
  • @PhilippMichael I'm not sure what you mean. There was no drupal issue that I know about; I just went to /admin/help/token/ and the token was listed. Do you mean the issue mentioned in Clive's answer? That was actually a Drupal 7 issue (I couldn't find any issues about this for Drupal 8) Jun 3, 2019 at 16:57
  • No bugfix or feature without a Drupal issue. Just wanted to know if it was already available when I asked this question or solved in the meantime. Nevermind. Jun 4, 2019 at 6:10
  • Can't find [paragraph:parent_entity:title] but [paragraph:parent_field_name:value] using Paragraphs 8.x-1.8 and Token 8.x-1.1 Jun 4, 2019 at 6:39
  • 1
    On 9.2.11 I don't see a parent_entity token.
    – liquidcms
    Mar 28, 2022 at 14:23

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