Popular Drupal 7 modules such as Views Calc and Views aggregate plus are not available for Drupal 8, so I'm struggling with achieving the following :

Making the sum of a column (of one integer field of list of child nodes) per parent node, without any custom code. No matter what I do with the "Use Aggregation" feature , I keep on getting a list of the values of entities meeting my criteria and not the sum.

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Your current configuration is doing the SUM of all numbers in that field but per views row, so you'd see numbers added up within each node if you had a multivalue field.

To make it sum up across all results/nodes you need to remove the Sort criteria, that can throw aggregation off.

I don't think your second question is making sense, you want to make a reference to a value calculated within views?

Entityreference creates a list of entities, and the summed up value is not an entity, you can't reference it like that. You can create a Views block and show the summed up value on some content pages and wherever you need it. Is that what you're after?

  • Thanks for answering, I appreciate it. Regarding my second question. I need to check that the SUM remains below a treshold value, which is a field of the referenced entity. So I thought I would pull the Views sum to another field as an entity reference to the view...
    – user89568
    Nov 5, 2018 at 21:31
  • Referenced entity or the one doing the referencing? Anyway I don't think Entityreference will let you do that, it expects nodes to be selected. Maybe you can use Math Field but it still isn't clear where the comparison value is located.
    – prkos
    Nov 5, 2018 at 21:47
  • The entity referenced (Parent) in the entities I'm summing up (Children). The parent also holds the field with the treshold. In short, I would need to get that sum into a field of another entity. Thanks for suggesting Math Field. It woudn't solve this problem, but another issue if have, if only it would be available for Drupal 8.... :-(
    – user89568
    Nov 5, 2018 at 22:18
  • I see more clearly now, but this seems to be a wider issue than just sums in views. Maybe you can open a separate question and include all the relevant information, and what your goal is. Maybe Views isn't the way to go for you, maybe something else will turn up.
    – prkos
    Nov 5, 2018 at 22:31
  • I tried to remove the sort criteria, but that didn't have any effect. Issue remains...
    – user89568
    Nov 6, 2018 at 12:39

In my initial attempts, I tried to created a view on the child nodes to which I applied a contextual filter to limit the results to the parent node. That didn't work.

In the end, the SUM worked, when I switched things around, I created a view on the parent, and establised a relation with the child nodes (through an entity reference). When I summed up the field (of the child), it worked.

  • 1
    can you add print screen of your view..?
    – SakaSerbia
    May 1, 2019 at 19:22
  • This worked for me. My view of "Child" type with a relation to the parent would not sum a dollar amount field I have on the Child nodes. I recreated the view as a "Parent" type with a relation to the child nodes, and I was then able to aggregate/sum the dollar amount fields.
    – hockey2112
    Apr 7, 2021 at 23:46

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