Is there a way to check, in a preprocess function, if the value of a field is empty?

I'm getting the following error.

Call to a member function isEmpty()

function iom_preprocess_block__twitterfeed(&$variables) {
  // Get the twitter_username field from node.
  $twitterUsername = \Drupal::routeMatch()

  if ($twitterUsername->isEmpty()) {
  else {
    dump("Not Empty");

3 Answers 3


@vinhd proposition is correct, by the way you can also use the isEmpty() method from the field list interface. It can be more adapted for complex field types.

if($node->hasField('field_your_field') && !$node->get('field_your_field')->isEmpty(){

  • 1
    This is the correct answer: after get(..) you can call isEmpty right away.
    – ssibal
    Oct 16, 2018 at 8:11

None of the other answers is fully correct, each one will only work in some cases. Before calling an object method, you have to check
- if the object exists,
- if the object is of the right type
- and if the object has that specific method/field.

The following code might look like a bit of an overkill, but it is the most bulletproof solution I've found so far. Everything I'm checking in there is based on a real word error I've had in my own projects:

function MYMODULE_preprocess_MYHOOK(&$variables) {

  $route = \Drupal::routeMatch();

  //special case node preview: has no node object, but a node_preview
  if ($route->getRouteName() == 'entity.node.preview') {
    $node = $route->getParameter('node_preview');
  // this is the default case
  else {
    $node = $route->getParameter('node');

  //$node can be either a node object (most of the times)
  //or an integer (on some admin routes)
  if (is_numeric($node)) {
    $node = \Drupal\node\Entity\Node::load($node);

  // this if-statement is the important part that prevents the error messages
  if ($node instanceof \Drupal\node\NodeInterface && $node->hasField('field_MYFIELD')) {
    // no you can savely do whatever you want with field_MYFIELD
    $myVar = $node->get('field_MYFIELD')->value;
    $isEmpty = $node->get('field_MYFIELD')->isEmpty();

You can try code:

check has field:

$node = \Drupal::routeMatch()->getParameter('node');
  //todo code

check empty value

$field_value = $node->field_twitter_username->getValue()
  //todo code
  • Second option seems to caught an error Error: Call to a member function getValue() on string
    – clestcruz
    Oct 16, 2018 at 6:45
  • can you check hasField that field does exist
    – vinhdv
    Oct 16, 2018 at 6:51
  • @clestcruz it works great
    – vinhdv
    Oct 16, 2018 at 6:52

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