I have a custom entity named Application that has an Entity Reference field named Product.

When I am on an Apllication page and click on a Product to see it, I would like to know that I come from the Application page and know its ID.

This would allow me to display information from the Application page on the Product page.

But how to do it ?

  • The information will need to be displayed only when one comes from application page or anyone who visits product will see the associated application info ?
    – GiorgosK
    Mar 10, 2018 at 15:30
  • Only when someone comes from the application page to the product page. Mar 11, 2018 at 19:59
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    There might be a new module which can do that: drupal.org/project/referer_to_entity_reference
    – andir
    Dec 21, 2018 at 3:14
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2 Answers 2


This method works for me:

use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;
use Drupal\Core\Url;
// Getting the referer.
$request = \Drupal::request();
$referer = $request->headers->get('referer');
// Getting the base url.
$base_url = Request::createFromGlobals()->getSchemeAndHttpHost();
// Getting the alias or the relative path.
$alias = substr($referer, strlen($base_url));
// Getting the node.
$params = Url::fromUri("internal:" . $alias)->getRouteParameters();
$entity_type = key($params);
$node = \Drupal::entityTypeManager()->getStorage($entity_type)->load($params[$entity_type]);

// To use dpm you need the devel module.
$previousUrl = \Drupal::request()->server->get('HTTP_REFERER');
$fake_request = Request::create($previousUrl);
$url_object = \Drupal::service('path.validator')->getUrlIfValid($fake_request->getRequestUri());
$route_name = $url_object->getRouteName();
$url = Url::fromRoute($route_name, $url_object->getRouteParameters());
$previousPath = $url->getInternalPath();

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